YMCA of Okanagan Healthy Snacks Program

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The smiles are in! Tim Hortons restaurants in the Central Okanagan raised a whopping $32,349 from their annual Smile Cookie Campaign with 100 per cent of the proceeds donated to the YMCA of Okanagan’s Healthy Snack Program. The campaign, which ran from September 17-23, saw over 30,000 of Tim Hortons customers purchase a smile cookie for one dollar.

Travis, the Store Manager at the Powick/Enterprise Tim Hortons location, has personally experienced the supportive network of the YMCA. When his daughters were young, he found himself a single dad and struggling to afford the basics on just one income.

“I couldn’t even afford a jug of milk some days,” said a very humble Travis. “And I desperately needed child care in order to maintain work during this very challenging time. Not only did the YMCA provide excellent care of my girls, but they also gave them healthy meals and snacks, for which I am so grateful. Many Tim Hortons staff and customers have also been helped by the Y during their times of need. That’s why we are so passionate about the Smile Cookie Campaign and the charity it benefits.”

Since local Tim Hortons stores began supporting the Y’s Healthy Snack Program in 2013, $194,219 has been raised. This ensures each year hundreds of children participating in Y preschool or out of school care programs will receive the nutrition they need to grow and thrive. 

“It’s critical that all children in our care get a healthy snack daily,” states Danielle Miranda, YMCA General Manager of Child Care. “Many kids in our programs come to us without eating regular meals. With one in four children relying on financial assistance to participate in YMCA Child Care, families often struggle to afford nutritious food or any after-school snacks at all.”

YMCA of Okanagan operates preschool and child care programs at seven locations across Kelowna and West Kelowna, serving more than 100,000 healthy snacks per year. The Y relies on donations to provide YMCA Subsidized Child Care to families in need, ensuring all children can participate in their programs, regardless of income.