August 27, 2015
We provide meals through charities in 385 communities across Canada, ranging from school breakfast and lunch programs, to after-school clubs, and youth homeless shelters. Meals at each of these charities tend to look a little different, and have a different meal cost depending on local programming and needs. Generally, the local meals we provide are simple – typically child-sized portions using basic ingredients. As an example, a typical lunch at one of our long-time charity partners includes a sandwich, cut vegetables, a piece of fruit, and a snack. At another charity partner, a meal will often be a warm bowl of soup with a piece of bread. Internationally, the meals that we provide through Save the Children are provided to children suffering from moderate or Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). These meals are a blend of ingredients specifically designed to treat SAM in youth, and are referred to as RUTF (or ready-to-use therapeutic food).