We used to feed hungry kids.

Now we empower families to feed themselves.

Our Vision

We imagine a community where all children have an equal opportunity to thrive.

Our mission

We empower children and families with dignified options to alleviate food insecurity.

Our Values

Collaborative | Empowering | Progressive Inclusive | Evidence-Based

As a direct result of limited household income, too many children are unable to access enough healthy food every day.

75,000+

children and youth in Calgary struggle with    food insecurity

1 in 4

children lives in a food-insecure home which means they constantly worry about their next meal and miss out on many nutritious foods

$1.4m

is our 2024 fundraising goal to empower more food-insecure families with choice, confidence, and dignity to care for their children

This is the most amazing gift for a family in need. There are no barriers. It’s confidential and private. It’s efficient. The impact is immediate. And families get the freedom to choose their own food and the freedom to go to the store that they like. All of this with total dignity.

SONYA, MONTHLY Donor

Your generous support empowers thousands of families with the dignity and confidence to plan, purchase, and provide fresh and healthy food that meets their kids’ unique needs.

Together, we’re creating a major impact.

Since we started providing grocery gift cards in 2020:

34,000+

 food-insecure kids receive our support every year – while this is a big number, many more need our help

200+

communities accessed our program through participation in more than 50 unique programs delivered by 23 frontline agency partners

$2.8m+

in grocery gift cards have been targeted to food-insecure families in greatest need

Thank you for choosing to build people up. It’s clear that you value people and their wellness – and that’s both rare and beautiful. Some people are so busy that they don’t see beyond the veil. You understand because you haven’t taken your eyes off your mission. Thank you for being indistractable. Thank you over and over for pouring care into my family and I. We really apprecite you.

Father, 1 child

With your help, we can achieve so much more!

Donate

Your generosity allows us to empower vulnerable people in our community with dignity and choice

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Fundraise

One person with one idea and a network of supporters can make a big impact

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Spread the word

The more people who voice their support our cause, the less kids who struggle with food insecurity

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It started with a simple question

In 2015, 11-year old Sutton Garner was watching a news item when she learned that thousands of children go hungry over the summer months.

Like a lot of kids, she was both bothered by this and curious – she wanted to know why. And specifically if it was happening in Calgary.

What’s new

National Observer Article 

National Observer Article 

Ensuring people can afford food through income support is better for their mental and physical health, generates less food waste and is more cost-effective than food banks when it comes to tackling food insecurity, new research suggests.

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More than a meal: fueling healthy child development with grocery gift cards

More than a meal: fueling healthy child development with grocery gift cards

I Can for Kids (iCAN) aims to create a world where all children have an equal opportunity to thrive. And what better way to achieve this than by empowering parents to strengthen the environment their kids need for optimal growth, development, and resilience. In this blog, we describe how our grocery gift card program offers incredible potential to boost much more than a child’s diet and nutrition.

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Double your impact!

Double your impact!

We’re excited to announce that I Can for Kids has partnered with Nutrien to double the power of your generous donations!

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Our champions

Without these community-minded and caring organizations, our work wouldn’t
be possible.

The Alvin & Mona Libin Foundation

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Our innovative program is the first of its kind to tackle the root cause of food insecurity: inadequate income.

And innovation only thrives through the support of generous donors like you.