Mayor Christian Provenzano, along with community partners Algoma Family Services, Sault Ste. Marie District Social Services, and United Way of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District, came together Thursday afternoon to announce the fundraising total for Every Breakfast Counts.
Just a few weeks after the initiative was announced, the community came together and raised $50,723 – more than double the initial goal of $25,000.
“It’s tremendous,” Provenzano stated. “Really the credit goes to the community. It’s very touching. We started this just a few weeks ago, and I was committed and driven to raise $25,000 – and the community reached out to us, they reached out to our office, and they really stepped up.”
Mike Nadeau, CAO, Sault Ste. Marie District Social Services, mirrored the mayor’s sentiments, saying:
“(It feels) amazing. Amazing. We’re so proud of the city, we’re so proud of the community. We had hoped to raise $25,000 – the fact that we raised over $50,000 is unbelievable and it really shows the spirit of Sault Ste. Marie.”
This initiative will see meals distributed to local children in need through the Social Services’ neighbourhood summer programming, called Kids Being Kids. Social services staff and summer students will purchase food – such as fresh fruit, milk, yogurt, cereals, etc. – and distribute meals, with guidance from Algoma Family Services staff.
Because the amount raised exceeded expectations, Provenzano said they’ll be able to run the program not only through the summer, but also through March Break and into next summer.
“We’ve been successfully able to deliver this program until the end of summer 2019.”