TORONTO — With World Hunger Day around the corner on May 28, SkipTheDishes and Mealshare are partnering to launch Food for Thought, a new campaign to raise awareness of food insecurity in Canada.
The program aims to teach children about food insecurity through a resource package available online. The resource package includes activities such as colouring, drawing, story writing and comic design that can be completed at home or in the classroom.
“Hunger is not just an issue in far away places. It’s happening right here in Canada and can make anyone experiencing it feel very vulnerable, especially children,” says Derek Juno, executive vice-president, Mealshare. “We at Mealshare understand how challenging this conversation with children can be, which is why we have partnered with SkipTheDishes to introduce Food for Thought and create engaging activities to help drive dialogue and make a tangible difference.”
Children can submit completed activities to Mealshare via email or regular mail. For each submission received, SkipTheDishes has pledged to donate five meals to children in need through Mealshare.
SkipTheDishes has also kicked off the campaign by donating $25,000 dollars to Mealshare, which will in turn be transformed into 25,000 meals to youth in need.
“We recognize that this past year has been challenging for Canadians, especially those with children,” says Kevin Edwards, CEO SkipTheDishes. “It is important to us, with our Canadian roots, to ensure that our communities have access to safe, healthy food. Our hope is that through this partnership with Mealshare, we will be able to educate and engage Canadians on the issue of youth food insecurity across Canada.”