MARKHAM, ON, Feb. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC)
is proud to announce that President's Choice® Children's Charity has
provided a $150,000 grant to BGCC to implement the President's Choice® Children's Charity Basic Needs, Brighter Future program to support food and nutrition programs at Boys and Girls Clubs
across the country.
The President's Choice® Children's Charity Basic Needs, Brighter Future program is a food and nutrition program that will provide young people
with the critical resources they need to enhance and expand their
access to food, education related to food and development of healthy
habits for life. This programs aims to enable more Clubs to feed more
young people and their families, promote the importance of nutritious
food; and educate and support Club staff and their members through
provision of a nutrition manual that offers up-to-date information on
Club best practices. Thanks to the support of President's Choice® Children's Charity, fifteen Clubs across Canada will be able to benefit
from this program in 2012.
"We know that good nutrition is fundamental to our children's health and
that well-nourished children learn better. President's Choice® Children's Charity is committing significant resources to help Canadian
children live to their full potential." said Peggy Hornell, Sr.
Director, President's Choice Children's Charity.
This partnership brings together President's Choice® Children's Charity's dedication to children's health and wellness with
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada's vision to ensure that every child in
Canada has the resources they require to grow into healthy adults.
"Boys and Girls Clubs are focused on creating positive opportunities for
children and youth and proper nutrition is a critical element in
helping them reach their potential," said Pam Jolliffe, President and
CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. "A poor diet can have a
devastating effect on a child. Not only can it lead to long-term health
problems, it can have a serious impact on many areas of a child's life
such as decreasing academic performance and increasing negative
behaviours. I am thrilled that President's Choice® Children's Charity is supporting this important program."
Research shows that inadequate nutrition can have myriad effects on the
health and well-being of an individual, family, and the community as a
whole. Hunger and inadequate nutrition contributes to a number of
negative consequences for young people, having detrimental effects on a
child's overall growth, learning, behavior and development - both
immediate and long-term. Children who go to school hungry are less
resilient, have trouble concentrating, score poorly on tests and have
problems with socializing.
About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is a leading charitable organization
providing after school programs that support the healthy physical,
educational and social development of 200,000 children, youth and their
families each year. In 700 community locations across Canada, Clubs
offer access to opportunities, after-school and at other times when
children are not in school, to develop healthy behaviours, academic
success and technology learning, positive relationships and life and
leadership skills. Many Clubs also provide nutritious snacks and meals,
emergency shelter, family support programs and other support to
children, youth and families at risk. Boys and Girls Clubs have been
helping young Canadians to discover, develop and achieve their
potential, for over 100 years. To learn more, visit www.bgccan.com.
About President's Choice® Children's Charity
President's Choice® Children's Charity is committed to helping children
across Canada, with a focus on children with disabilities and childhood
nutrition. The Charity supports children with disabilities directly
through financial grants and as the National Premier Sponsor of
Breakfast for Learning shares a vision dedicated to improving the lives
of children. The cost of administration and operations of the Charity
is funded by Loblaw Companies Limited, ensuring that 100 per cent of
every dollar donated goes directly to helping kids and their families.
The Charity offers funding across Canada and dollars are granted in the
region in which they are raised. Since 1989, the Charity has awarded
more than $72 million, reaching more than 10,000 families. For more
information on the President's Choice® Children's Charity or to donate
online, visit www.pc.ca/charity.
SOURCE Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
For further information:
Senior Communications Specialist
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
905-477-7272 ext. 270