Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Saskatoon children who might otherwise go hungry on weekends will receive vital nutrition as a result of a $78,000 donation from Canpotex to The Salvation Army’s Weekend Investment in Nutrition program.
“Food security is at the very core of what we do at Canpotex, and we are honoured to support this valuable and worthwhile program run by The Salvation Army,” said Ken Seitz, President and CEO of Canpotex. “We are particularly proud to support a program that reduces hunger for one of our most vulnerable populations: children.”
“We are immensely grateful for Canpotex and their generous support of the Weekend Investment in Nutrition Program,” said Major Byron Kean of the Saskatoon Salvation Army. "Children and their families rely on this program for vital nutrition, and this donation will help feed more than two dozen local children and their families each year.”
Canpotex’s donation will provide $26,000 per year over three years to feed 26 children from King George and Princess Alexandra schools each year. Many of these children rely on school breakfast or lunch programs during the week. Without the Weekend Investment in Nutrition program, they could otherwise go hungry over the weekend.
During the school year, each child will receive a backpack on Friday, filled with food that is child-friendly, nutritious and easy to prepare and eat. The backpacks will be returned to school Wednesday mornings and picked up by The Salvation Army to be refilled that Friday. Participants are selected by The Salvation Army in cooperation with school administrators.