Lunch program ensures no students go hungry
When the coronavirus forced schools across New Brunswick to close earlier this year, Cassandra Blackmore and the dedicated staff and volunteers at the
“We immediately got to work coming up with a new program to help the hundreds of kids and families that regularly depend on our Student Hunger Lunch and Backpack programs,” says Blackmore, the non-profit organization’s executive director.
Schools closed on a Monday. By Friday, the team had put together its first Pantry Delivery Program pick-up day. The Pantry Delivery Program works in partnership with 16 local schools and ensures that children are still able to get the nutritious meals they need to grow and thrive.
“We never wavered in our mission to continue to help feed Fredericton’s hungry, no matter the circumstances,” says Blackmore.
Partners such as the
It was with a grant from the Foundation that the Fredericton Community Kitchens was able to continue its vital community outreach work during the pandemic. Along with funding the Pantry Delivery Program, the organization was also able to deliver more than 20,000 boxed meals every month to families throughout the community, all the while adhering to public health guidelines around social distancing.
TELUS launched the Friendly Future Foundation in 2018 with a $120 million endowment — the largest donation by a publicly traded Canadian company and one of the largest in North America. Through its support of local grassroots initiatives delivered through charities across Canada like the Fredericton Community Kitchens, the Foundation serves a mission to give vulnerable youth a friendlier future by empowering them enhanced access to technology, health and educational programs.
That help has never been needed more. An August 2020
Gisele Belyea, a volunteer driver for the Pantry Delivery Program, says she’s proud to be part of such a caring community.
“The Fredericton Community Kitchens' programs make such a difference for so many families,” she says. “Through the support of organizations like the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation and our community volunteering, it hasn’t just been about caring for students and their families. It’s been about coming together during a time when we really need to help each other.”
In addition to the Friendly Future Foundation supporting grassroot initiatives and charities across Canada, TELUS is also dedicated to building stronger, healthier communities, and helping those who need support the most. The TELUS team has generously contributed $1.3 billion in value, time, and financial support to Canadian charities and grassroots organizations since 2000 including $736 million and 1.4 million days of volunteerism, making TELUS one of the most giving companies in the world.
To learn more about TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, eligibility criteria and how to apply for funding, please visit
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