TORONTO — Subway Canada’s annual Never-Miss Lunch donation drive will return on June 22, where $1 from every foot-long sub sold at restaurants will help support child-hunger initiatives in more than 190 communities across the country. The chain has committed to $500,000.
Now in its fourth year, this initiative, in partnership with Food Banks Canada’s After the Bell program, aims to provide nutritious food to kids in need during the summer break, when many school-based lunch programs end. This summer, Food Banks Canada’s goal is to deliver 175,000 food packs to children. Last year, they delivered 150,000.
“We continue to see the price of food soaring in our nation, leaving families in Canada no choice but to pay more for kitchen staples like bread, dairy and fruit and vegetables,” says Kirstin Beardsley, CEO of Food Banks Canada. “This, combined with high housing costs and job losses due to the ongoing pandemic, have forced more people to use food banks. Trusted partners like Subway continue to step up for its community, and we are deeply grateful for their ongoing support.”
“Our local restaurant owners from every corner of the country bring passion, enthusiasm and heart when it comes time to alleviating child hunger within their communities,” says Doug Fry, Country Director, Subway Canada. “We’re committed to delivering high-quality, nutritious and fresh food to communities every year, and we look forward to working with Food Banks Canada to bring healthy food packs to Canadians. It’s been an exciting year as we embark on the fourth iteration of this initiative, following our late-April Eat Fresh Refresh launch in Canada.”