I don’t often talk about my childhood because it’s challenging. My parents had me when they were 20 years old and the thought of having a 19 year old right now if I was in their shoes is pretty daunting. We struggled financially, and for the most part my parents shielded us from knowing. I lived a very happy childhood and all things considered I think back on those years fondly.
That being said, my mom has shared me over the years that times were really tough and sometimes we had to rely on the food bank to keep my brother and I fed.
Flash forward to me sitting in my home, living a very priviledged life where I can afford to keep food in the fridge but still feeling the pinch of inflation, I often think about families that have to rely on the Food Bank and the amazing work that Food Banks Canada is doing every day across the country.
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday all abuzz online, I think it’s more important than ever to share why Giving Tuesday is so necessary. For yet another year, in honour of Giving Tuesday and in the spirit of giving back, Food Banks Canada and SkipTheDishes are partnering to help families in need, with Skip donating $1 for every order placed on their network on November 29 to Food Banks Canada.
Want to get involved in giving back? Canadians need simply head to the Skip website or open the app on November 29 and place an order. Skip will then automatically donate $1 per order to Food Banks Canada for each order placed.
This is Skip’s third consecutive year working with Food Banks Canada on their Winter Charity Campaign, which has provided more than 3.6 million meals across Canada. Both organizations continue to share the common goal of creating immediate and long-term solutions to combat food insecurity.
- Currently, 1 in 7 Canadians experience food insecurity
- Today, 33.1 per cent of food bank users are children, while representing only 20% of the population
- Food bank visits have increased by 35 per cent since 2019, with 1.46 million visits to food banks in March 2022 alone.
- In 2022, the goal is to raise enough funds to provide 1 million meals
“The holidays can be a challenging time for Canadians and we’re humbled to create a platform that allows Skip users to support both their communities and favourite local restaurants,” says Howard Migdal, CEO, SkipTheDishes. “As a Canadian company, we are incredibly proud to enter into our third consecutive partnership with Food Banks Canada, directly impacting those in need across the country.”
I can’t tell you how much good this initiative will do and I am very happy to share this news with you all. I encourage each and every one of you to order with me on November 29th to make a difference in the lives of countless Canadian families like mine many years ago.
If you are not able to place a Skip order on Giving Tuesday, you can also donate directly to Food Banks Canada on November 29th, where Skip will match contributions up to a total of $100,000.
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Don’t forget to be kind & laugh a little more this year
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