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Rural Kids Grant Program

Now in its second year, The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) and The Grocery Foundation will once again be launching the Rural Kids Program in September 2013. This initative is a new grant program exclusively available to rural food banks and the children they serve. The Grocery Foundation has committed $100,000 each year for the next three years to support this initiative, allowing the OAFB to provide additional support to food banks and their children's programs in rural communities.

All 82 of the OAFB's direct food bank members in rural communities - communities with a population of less than 50,000 - are eligible to apply to the grant and can apply for $1,000 to $5,000 annually.

The Grocery Foundation is an Ontario-based not-for-profit, representing leaders from Canada's grocery industry, and committed to providing funding to organizations across the province that meet a number of child health and wellness needs including providing nutritious breakfasts and snacks for school-aged students.

The deadline for rural food banks to apply for the grant is September 27th, 2013, and the OAFB expects to begin distributing funds as of October 31, 2013.

ABOUT THE GROCERY FOUNDATION

The Grocery Foundation is an Ontario-based not-for-profit, representing leaders from Canada's grocery industry.  It was established in 1979 to enrich the lives and wellbeing of children; providing them a hand up so that they can learn and succeed.  To date, The Grocery Foundation has raised in excess of $75 million which has gone to various charities including providing nutritious breakfasts and snacks for school-aged students across the province.  Many Grocery Foundation companies and their employees also work as volunteers alongside countless community groups nourishing dreams, abilities, and brighter futures. To learn more about The Grocery Foundation, visit: www.groceryfoundation.com

 

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