Milk is an essential part of a child's development. The Milk for Children Program at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre ensures all children in need have access to fresh milk as part of their diet.
The goal of the program is to provide one litre of milk to all children age 17 and under and pregnant and nursing women every two weeks. The program gives families the support they need in times of crisis so they can focus on other issues.
An estimated 80,000 litres is required every year, which costs roughly $120,000.00. This year’s milk campaign – which runs April 1 to March 31 – has raised $93,225 in funding with six months remaining. Included in that total is a $30,000 grant from the United Way (an estimated 20,000 litres), while Cameco and its staff have just donated $28,000 (estimated 18,666 litres).
The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre receives no core funding from any level of government and relies solely on the generosity of the public to operate. A gift to the Milk for Children Program goes directly toward the purchase of milk.
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