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Summer Eats Program Launched For Kids And Families Living In Low Income

Saturday June 27th, 2020, 1:44pm


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The United Way is launching a new summer program next week to provide kids and families living in low income with nutritious food during the summer months when school nutrition programs are closed.

The Summer Eats for Kids program will provide a week’s worth of healthy snacks, fruits and vegetables in six locations in West Windsor, Downtown Windsor and Leamington using a drive-thru pick-up model in the parking lots of empty schools.

“One in three food bank users in Windsor-Essex are children, and there are many kids whose families run out of food,” says Lorraine Goddard, CEO, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County. “Summer Eats for Kids is another way for us to help families right now, and to ensure kids get easy access to nutritious food.”

Summer Eats for Kids will operate from June 30th to August 27th, 2020.

Families with children are welcome to pick up a box of food once a week on Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm at St. James Catholic Elementary, Catholic Central High School and St. Louis Catholic Elementary, or Thursdays from 11am to 1pm at West Gate Public School, Dougall Avenue Public School and Leamington District Secondary School.

It operates in the parking lots of empty schools using a drive-thru model.  Registration will take place on location.  All staff and volunteers will be taking the appropriate safety measures for COVID-19.

Summer Eats for Kids is sponsored by FCA Canada.

“FCA Canada is pleased to support United Way’s Summer Eats program and all of their community efforts to end childhood hunger,” said Dave Buckingham, President and CEO, FCA Canada. “Now more than ever, it is important that we work together to support vulnerable kids and their families in this time of need.”

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