Canadian Feed The Children

Canadian Feed The Children

September 01, 2005 16:57 ET

1 in 3 kids will go to school hungry this school year

Canadian Feed The Children's AppleCheck program puts 5 million apples into the hands of 150,000 school kids Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Photo Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 1, 2005) - TORONTO: One in 3 (400,000) school-age children in Toronto will go to school hungry this school year. Poor nutrition impacts their classroom success, behaviour, outlook on life and potential for the future.

Canadian Feed The Children (CFTC), a Canadian-based and operated non-for-profit, announces this year's launch of AppleCheck, which will put close to 5,000,000 fresh apples into the hands of 150,000 school kids in the 2005/06 academic year. CFTC works with partners such as the Daily Bread Food Bank, Second Harvest, the Toronto District School Board, and Stock Transportation to bring good nutrition to students who need it.

On Friday, September 2 at Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's City Hall, a school bus full of apples will be on hand to distribute apples to passersby and raise awareness of the need for good nutrition for our children. Donations to the program will be accepted and a new children's cookbook featuring healthy meals will be available for sale. Speakers will include:
• City Councillor Olivia Chow, the City of Toronto "Child Advocate"
• Jamie Ziegel, vice president and national director of Royal LePage is a supporter of the Canadian Feed the Children's "AppleCheck" program for the GTA
• Jennifer Low, food editor at Canadian House and Home magazine, and author of new children's cookbook of nutritious recipes.
• Master of Ceremonies is Sheila McCarthy, Stratford Festival actor.

All speakers, as well as spokespeople from Canadian Feed The Children, will be on hand to discuss child nutrition and the AppleCheck program. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact:

Marianne Chilco, Communications Manager
Canadian Feed The Children
416-757-1220 or 1-800-387-1221, ext. 248

Direct: 416/967-0751
Cell: 647/219-0691

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