New sponsorship to enhance national program for Canadians who are helped by
food banks one meal at a time
TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, on World Food Day, Unilever Canada is
pleased to announce its support of Food Banks Canada's innovative Community
Kitchens program, a program designed to help ensure that more Canadians have
the skills and knowledge to prepare balanced meals to share with their
Unilever is investing $100,000 in funding to support Food Banks Canada
Community Kitchens Program that provides opportunities for local food banks to
establish or expand their programs, and improve facilities. Nationally, these
funds will help Food Banks Canada to facilitate best practice sharing.
Currently, there are over 2.7 million Canadians, or 8.8 per cent of the
population, who experience household food insecurity at some point during the
year. This is the equivalent of the population of Toronto! Further, almost
900,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks every month - 38 per cent of whom
are children. Food programs support Canadians year round, but the holiday
season between Thanksgiving and Christmas is an especially busy period.
"We are excited about this program because it will help address hunger at a
local level with Canadian families who are at risk", said Alison Leung,
Director of Marketing, Foods. "This program is important because it goes
beyond providing food. It's about fostering the development of skills that
will help families and communities thrive. If we can help families with even
one more homemade meal or provide someone with employment skills then we've
made an impact."
Community Kitchens are innovative programs run by local food banks and food
programs, established to bring Canadians together to learn and share through a
range of services and opportunities:
-- Create balanced meals to share with families
-- Receive education related to meal planning and preparation,
from buying and preparing food, to how to stretch a food budget
-- Discover new recipes and learn about new foods
-- Learn new food handling and preparation skills leading to
"In community kitchens across the country, participants learn important skills
and experiences that can be transferred to the home, such as preparing
quality, balanced meals for themselves and their families, and even help build
confidence and job skills," said Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director, Food
Banks Canada. "We are so pleased about the commitment that Unilever has made
to Food Banks Canada's Community Kitchens program because we know it will make
a difference in the lives of Canadians who are hungry."
The requests forCommunity Kitchen Grants can range from: support for the
development of new programs for clients including skills education; large
capital expenditures such as appliances and furnishings; or simply
increasingthe tools and utensils so a program can include more participants.
Further, the funds will ensure that Food Banks Canada has the resources
required to manage the activities related to administrating the grants and
invest in the ongoing development of the program.
To learn how you can make a difference and support your local food bank, visit
www.foodbankscanada.ca and click 'Find a Food Bank'.
To learn about the Community Kitchens program, visit:
About Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada supports a unique network of over 3,000 food-related
organizations in every province and territory that assists close to 900,000
Canadians each month. Together our network shares over 200 million pounds of
essential safe quality food annually, provides social programs that help to
foster self-sufficiency, and advocates for policy change that will help create
a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit foodbankscanada.ca for more
Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal
Care products with sales in over 190 countries. Our products are present in 7
out of 10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily
basis. Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good,
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license by UnileverCanadaInc.
Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our
overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and
disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to
helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and
well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020,
and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three
big goals we have defined seven pillars, underpinned by targets encompassing
social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable
Living Plan at http://www.unilever.ca/sustainable-living/.
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For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Katharine Williams Unilever Canada Manager, Communications T:416-529-0645
Marzena Gersho Food Banks Canada Director, Communications & National Programs
T: 416-203-9241x228 firstname.lastname@example.org
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