This year, Food4Kids Niagara and the Foundation of Resources for Teens (FORT) have been selected to receive CAA Niagara's Community Boost funding. In addition to a $10,000 financial contribution, the charities will receive promotional assistance, volunteerism, decals on two new fleet vehicles, and other forms of support.
Mindful of the current situation surrounding COVID-19, funding is being fast-tracked to ensure both charities have access to financial assistance while continuing to support those in need.
CAA Niagara has a strong history of improving the lives of people in our region. Over the past few decades, CAA Niagara has donated everything from Jaws of Life to fire departments to mini tow trucks at the Niagara Safety Village.
In 2018, CAA Niagara decided to pool its donations and significant sponsorship dollars to fund a new, more focused corporate giving program, now known as CAA Niagara Community Boost.
This Year's Recipients
Food4Kids provides packages of healthy food for kids aged 4-14 years with limited or no access to food each weekend. Packages of healthy food are prepared by volunteers and delivered to schools each Friday to ensure children have nourishment over the weekend. There are more than 1,500 children in Niagara struggling through each weekend without food. Food4Kids helps fight child hunger in our own community. When kids leave school for the weekend, they should not have to worry about how they will be fed.
For over 17 years now, FORT's mission has been to empower youth to make positive and successful life choices through opportunities and guidance. The FORT is a local, not-for-profit youth centre that provides free recreational programs and resource services to youth in our community. However, for the over 10,000 youth of West Niagara served every year, the FORT is so much more than that; a community, a place to go aside from home or school, reliable support, and a space they are proud to call their own. Through the FORT's programs, youth are able to unlock their full potential.