Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign donates $40,000 to YMCA of Okanagan

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Over 40,000 Smile Cookies were sold during Tim Hortons Smile Cookie week which translated to an incredible $40,000 donation to the YMCA of Okanagan! The campaign, which ran for one week in September, saw tens of thousands of Tim Hortons customers purchase a smile cookie in support of this great cause.

“We are extremely impressed with the communities support of our Smile Cookie Campaign,” says Chris Chapman, on behalf of the Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country Tim Hortons restaurant owners. “We are honoured and thrilled to be able to deliver this donation to help the YMCA provide nutritious food to local kids, many of whom live in poverty.”

Local Tim Hortons stores have been supporting the YMCA Healthy Snack Program through their Smile Cookie Campaign since 2013. Their donation ensures over 540 children participating in Y preschool or out of school care programs will receive a daily nutritious snack every day. 100% of Smile Cookie donations go directly to the YMCA’s Healthy Snacks Program.

“It is critical that all children in our care get a daily healthy snack to help them grow and thrive,” states Danielle Miranda, YMCA Child Care General Manager. “Sadly, many kids in our programs come to us hungry. With one in four children relying on financial assistance to participate in Y child care, their families also struggle to afford nutritious food or put regular meals on the table.”

YMCA of Okanagan operates preschool and child care programs at nine locations across Kelowna and West Kelowna, serving more than 100,000 healthy snacks per year. Providing YMCA subsidized child care to families in need, the Y relies on donations to ensure all children can participate in their programs, regardless of income.