Summer is the hungriest time of the year

Summer tends to be the season that everyone looks forward to. As the school year comes to an end, kids are looking forward to getting out of the classroom and spending more time with their family and friends. But for those who rely on school nutrition programs for meals, summertime can be a struggle.

In Canada, one in six children is at risk of hunger. Food insecurity is a real issue, with more and more of us not having access to nutritious food each day. Yet nutritious food is crucial for healthy growth and development, and even small amounts of deficiencies over time can have lasting effects on children’s health, including an increased risk of asthma and overall mental health.

Children who live in food-insecure households also experience a greater loss of learning – just imagine trying to pay attention in class without breakfast. Now it’s lunchtime and you’re watching your friends eat their lunches – maybe they share a few bites, but most likely not. Your stomach is rumbling, and you still have a few hours to go before you’re heading home for the day, where dinner may or may not be served.

This is why school nutrition programs are so important. But what happens when school’s out for the summer and those programs aren’t available?

President’s Choice Children’s Charity is working to help feed hungry minds by supporting a variety of food and food-based education programs. Recognizing the need to extend its reach beyond the school year, the organization has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Canada to exclusively fund all meals provided during their 2019 summer camps. As part of this year’s program, more than 41,000 children across the country will receive well-balanced meals over eight weeks.

Summertime hunger is a challenge that we can tackle together. Learn more or donate at

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