On March 16, Artists Against Hunger held their annual fundraiser and art auction, this year in support of CHEP Good Food Inc. Not only was PotashCorp a major sponsor of the event, they also announced a $50,000 gift that will assist CHEP in providing nutritious meals for Saskatoon children.
Each year members of Saskatoon-based Artists Against Hunger donate works of art to be auctioned off for a food-related charity. This year they chose to support Child Hunger and Education Program (CHEP). CHEP is a not-for-profit organization that works locally to improve access to nutritious food, promoting local food security.
“PotashCorp is dedicated to addressing the issue of food security,” said Rhonda Speiss, Manager of Corporate Philanthropy for PotashCorp. “As the world’s largest producer of crop nutrients we are helping farmers to grow the food that is feeding the world. CHEP is addressing the issue of food security right here, on the local level, and we’re proud to continue to support that initiative.”
Each year CHEP helps provide over 325,000 meals to children at schools and other sites throughout Saskatoon. Additionally, CHEP delivers education programs on healthy eating and has established programs for community gardens and wholesale food distribution, as well as helping open an inner city co-operative grocery store.
“Food security means that everyone has access to adequate amounts of nutritious food,” explained Speiss. “The programs that CHEP delivers not only educate and address food security, but they are also helping to improve the quality of life for Saskatoon residents who may not otherwise receive healthy food, and that’s something we wholeheartedly stand behind.”
Previously PotashCorp has shown their support of CHEP through a $50,000 donation in 2012 in support of a new community kitchen at Station 20 West, and a $25,000 contribution in 2011.
“PotashCorp understands how important nutritious food is for growing a healthy community,” said CHEP Chairperson Candice Grant. “Their on-going support is invaluable in our efforts to address food security on a local level and we are grateful for their dedication to improving our community.”
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