In High School my sister and I showed up every single morning at the crack of dawn (or least it felt that way as teenagers) to make sure if nothing else our fellow students had a full belly when they went to class.
Fast forward a few years later, and I was doing the same as a student teacher, and even though at times I worked 8 different jobs (one of which was working for a lunch program for school aged Children) to put myself through university I always made sure I had extra healthy snacks, and so long as my students were with me they were okay. I mean how can you teach health classes, and talk about the importance of healthy food when you have stomachs growling?
This time of year is a struggle for families no question, but it’s also challenging for non-for-profits as well. People are very giving before Christmas, but understandably not so much after. With this in mind Maple Leaf is launching a Canada-wide Feed It Forward initiative to help Canadian’s “Feed it Forward” and give back to the volunteers that have made a deep impact on the lives of others.
Whether it’s nourishing school children (round of applause for Karen and Nikki at UCC), delivering nutrition education for people who need support (holla to all my fellow teaching grads of 2011), or use food in a way to bring people together and teach valuable skills we want to hear about them!
Through efforts that started on family day (no less) through to March 21st, Maple Leaf is giving 10,000 families across Canada $100 of free groceries totaling nearly $100,000 in free groceries across the country.
Now that’s something I can get behind! In honor of #feeditforward I have the absolute pleasure of choosing a non-profit of choice to gift $100 of free groceries, so naturally with my background in education I’m supporting the young minds of our future.
In partnership with Maple Leaf Foods I’m gifting $100 of free groceries to the Phoenix House Youth Shelter. I truly believe that proper care starts with proper nutrition, and I know this organization goes above and beyond to make their youths’ stay a positive one, and this food will absolutely go to good use. Thank you Maple Leaf for allowing me to be apart of this incredible initiative, and here’s how you can too!
For more information please see the link below, and I do hope you take a few minutes out of your day to nominate someone as you really could make a difference!
Kindest of regards,