A partnership between the Fort Frances Salvation army and the local museum made sure hundreds of kids had access to healthy snacks this summer.
According to Salvation Army Fort Frances corps officer Arthur Heathcote, thanks to a grant made available through Food Banks Canada, the Salvation Army and Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre were able to provide 280 snack kits and plenty of fresh fruit to the children and youth who took part in the museum’s summer programming.
The grant that facilitated the snack kits is known as the “After the Bell” program, and helps to address the important issue of child hunger in Canada, according to Food Banks Canada and the Salvation Army. The program ensures that youth who are supported through the school year on school lunch programs can continue to receive that support through the summer. The grant program delivers snacks directly to local food banks like the one at the Salvation Army and includes a subsidy to supplement the snack kits with local fresh food.
Museum Curator Kayleigh Speirs said the museum was grateful and enthused to partner with the local Salvation Army to help distribute the snack kits.
“We are thrilled to have partnered with The Salvation Army to be the recipients of these food boxes from the After the Bell program,” Speirs said.
“As a non-profit, it has been a game changer to have these amazing snacks provided to the kids taking part in all of our summer programming.”