Give 10,000 snacks and meals to kids this summer!
Help bridge the summer food gap by providing 200+ kids with nutritious meals at Lay-Up
Providing kids in your community with nutritious foods will make an incredible difference to their positive experience on-court, contributing to positive energy, learning, engagement, teamwork, mood and health.
Food Insecurity is Rising
During the school year, over 150,000 kids access food through school nutrition programs in Toronto. During the summer months, this support is unavailable, leaving thousands of families facing increased food insecurity.
Rapidly rising food costs are making the problem worse and will have the biggest impact on families already facing barriers to affordable and healthy food. Food banks are being stretched to their limit, and many summer lunch initiatives have not been able to return to support in-person programs this year.
Lay-Up plays an important part in addressing this issue by providing healthy food at our community-based programs in Toronto Neighbourhood Improvement Areas where families face disproportionate and systemic barriers to accessing food.
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Thank you, Maple Leaf Foods, for supporting Lay-Up's Healthy Living and Nutrition initiatives, including increasing access to food for kids in our summer camp programs!
Children and youth’s wellbeing have been profoundly affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Lay-Up’s programs support participants’ positive physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and help them develop the skills needed to set the foundation for future success:
93% of participants report increased physical activity.
Mental & Emotional Wellbeing
91% of participants are happier and have more energy.
82% of participants reported improved relationships with parents, siblings, teachers and friends.
92% of participants feel more confident in taking on new challenges.
94% of participants improved their ability to work with others in a team.
79% of participants improved their ability to problem solve.