(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) proudly announces funding to E4C's School Snack Program. Funding to this pivotal program will see the Oilers Foundation providing $750,000 over a three-year commitment, $250,000 per year, to E4C. E4C's School Snack program serves nearly 6,000 elementary children healthy snacks or breakfast in partnership with 26 Edmonton Public and Catholic Schools.
E4C is a non-profit organization that moves vulnerable people toward positive, healthy and lasting change. It exists to limit, alleviate and ultimately eliminate poverty. For more than 45 years, E4C has been working to provide nutrition support to hungry children during their school day. To achieve this, the School Snack Program provides support to school staff and volunteers to help provide healthy food choices that meet the school's nutrition guidelines.
"E4C is so happy to the have the support of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation for our School Snack Program. For over 45 years, E4C has been working in schools to meet the nutritional needs of growing minds and bodies, and we depend on the generosity of Edmontonians to keep our program going," said E4C CEO Barb Spencer. "Together we support over 6,000 children each school day to have healthy breakfasts, mid-morning or afternoon snack, working with the staff and volunteers in each school in order to provide kids with good food to keep them going and to enable students to achieve their greatest potential."
With a focus on programs that support education and health and wellness for youth, the Oilers Foundation is deeply committed to enriching lives while finding long-term solutions to improve our home where we live, work and play. E4C's School Snack Program is a perfect complement to this mandate.
"As a champion for healthy and happy youth, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is honoured to donate $750,000 over a three-year commitment to E4C's School Snack Program - a truly life-changing initiative for young children at school and their families," said EOCF Executive Director Natalie Minckler. "We are proud to partner with E4C, a local non-profit organization that understands the value of good nutrition for children's development."
E4C is able to support our community by working to build capacity in the schools to meet the nutritional needs of growing children's bodies and minds by assisting with menu planning, meeting food safety requirements, building relationships with local suppliers and developing creative solutions to meet each school community's unique needs.
"We know students who have a healthy and nutritious diet have more energy and are able to better focus in class. I am so pleased to see the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation make a three-year commitment to providing snacks for these students and I believe this generous commitment will pair nicely with our government's recently announced school nutrition pilot program," said Alberta Minister of Education David Eggen.
For more information on E4C, please visit e4calberta.org.To learn more about the EOCF's life-changing work in the community, visit OilersFoundation.ca.