CFTC has been making a difference for more than three decades in over 25 communities across Canada, mainly through private funding. The purpose is to create long-term sustainable food security and access to education, and to build community capacity. The PepsiCo Canada Foundation supports the program in Keeseekoowenin First Nation community in Manitoba. The program was created to address issues of family food insecurity, child and youth hunger, lack of nutrition education, limited food production and loss of land-based traditions being passed down from elders to young people and includes food production; nutrition education (cooking, canning, food preservation, diabetes); community engagement involving gardeners, hunting/gathering with elders, and learning winter survival; and program support that includes food hub and education facility spaces, a community freezer and meat processing centre and a Food Security Advisory Committee.
City of Mississauga - Let’s Play in the Park (Ontario)
The ‘Let’s Play in the Park’ program began in Mississauga during the summer of 2014. This program was designed to provide a no-fee, no-registration, drop-in style summer play program for children aged 6 to 12, and it continues to be an overwhelming success. Let’s Play in the Park emphasizes the importance of physical activity while removing the financial barriers that inhibit many children’s ability to participate in organized recreation. The program runs in the summer at 13 park locations, each of which supports three hours of daily unstructured play, where families can drop in, join in or simply do their own thing. The PepsiCo Canada Foundation has supported the program since 2015, resulting in approximately 50,000 park visits by children who may not otherwise have had the opportunity to participate in summer recreation programs.
Jeunesse au soleil - Sun Youth (Quebec)
Sun Youth has been making a difference in the community since 1954 by providing to individuals and families in need, including promoting physical, social and intellectual development of youth through education, sports and recreation. Sun Youth helps children adopt healthy lifestyle habits through healthy meals and by providing them with a study hall with Internet access and volunteer tutors. Sun Youth also offers football, basketball, hockey, baseball and soccer development programs to children who would not otherwise have the financial means to participate and, beginning in 2018, The PepsiCo Canada Foundation has provided funding to Sun Youth to help it operate these programs.
KidSport Calgary (Alberta)
KidSport Canada is a registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association that gets kids off the sidelines by removing the financial barriers that prevent youth from participating in organized sports. The Calgary & Area chapter is proud to be committed to making it So ALL Kids Can Play! Calgary is the largest chapter in Canada, is 100% community funded and, through that fundraising, is one of the single largest investors in minor sport in the community, providing assistance to over 48,000 local kids. Since this chapter’s inception in 1995, the annual distribution to kids and their families has averaged over $500,000. The PepsiCo Canada Foundation’s West Golf Tournament has been a big part of this support since 2010! Beginning in 2019, the Foundation’s grants will be focused on helping kids in Calgary & Area to participate in swimming and skating lessons.
Right to Play (British Columbia)
Right to Play protects, educates and empowers children and youth around the world through the power of play-based activities. ln Canada, Right To Play works with over 85 lndigenous communities and urban Aboriginal organizations through its Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. The PepsiCo Canada Foundation directs its funds to programming that reaches over 200 children and youth in five communities in Lower Mainland British Columbia.
Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs (Downtown Toronto)
The TKBGC offers a variety of programs in health development and leadership opportunities to young people living in Toronto downtown neighbourhoods, engaging children and youth between the ages of 5 to 24. Specific programs funded by The PepsiCo Canada Foundation include youth athletics during the school year and three unique summer leadership programs that foster community involvement and build future leaders. Program results include increased youth engagement, giving back to the community and greater success in fulfilling the promise that ”great futures start here”.
Wilfred Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario)
WLU operates a community outreach program that aims to improve activity levels and the overall health of youth within its community by providing free physical activity programming to high-priority youth, and by providing access to a safe and affordable space for children to be physically active and to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. The support of The PepsiCo Canada Foundation enables WLU to maintain free programming such as summer camps, multisport camps, basketball and soccer tournaments for elementary school children, indigenous games, as well as free or subsidized transportation to these programs.
The PepsiCo Canada Foundation supports evening programming at community centres in Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough and Markham. Thanks to this program, thousands of teens are able to use the YMCA for free and participate in weekly programs where they make friends and receive mentorship in a safe space that allows them to develop and grow.
2019 Employee Nominated Charities
Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society (Chilliwack, British Columbia)
Hamilton Bulldogs Foundation (Hamilton, Ontario)
Maison des jeunes L’Escampette Inc. (Montreal, Quebec)
ProAction Cops & Kids (Toronto, Ontario)
2018 Employee Nominated Charities
Cornerbrook Special Olympics (Cornerbrook, Newfoundland)
John Cooper Learning Centre (Stouffville, Ontario)