BLACKFALDS – Last month, due to tremendous financial support, Blackfalds extended the Lunch Box program through 2021, and expanded the program to support all families with children aged 0-18.
The Blackfalds Lunch Box, offered in partnership with Blackfalds Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), the Blackfalds Food Bank Society, and After the Grind, has raised $107,432, since March of 2020n – enough to fund the program for the remainder of this year.
“We want to acknowledge and thank all of our generous donors, both business and individuals who have contributed to this amazing program and who continue to provide support throughout this pandemic,” said Sue Bornn, FCSS Manager. “The Lunch Box started at the end of March last year as a pandemic response program and will be serving the community for an entire year next month. We are grateful to continue to provide it to all families with children that live in Blackfalds.”
The program has been successful with many grant applications, received numerous donations, and now, the $500 draw prize Town Council received at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association conference held last fall will be donated as well.
FCSS Staff has received nothing but positive feedback from the participants of this program since its introduction last year.
“Thank you so much for the Lunch Box program! It not only provides my kids with healthy lunches but also helped with breakfasts and helped boost positivity after the schools closed this spring,” said an anonymous Lunch Box program user. “It helped us feel supported by our community and gave us something to look forward to every single week. I am beyond grateful for the help and to know that my family had not only this program but that volunteers in our community take the time each week to help us.”
If you are interested in donating to the program or registering to access the program, please contact FCSS at 403-600-9066