Burgers loved, char­i­ties ben­e­fit

More than $60,000 raised by Burger Love

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

P.E.I. Burger Love helped raise more than $60,000 for the United Way of P.E.I. this year.

The pop­u­lar burger pro­mo­tion of­fers a vol­un­tary pro­gram where par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants can con­trib­ute $1 per burger sold to the pro­vin­cial United Way. The money is ear­marked to help fund pro­grams that in­crease lo­cal food se­cu­rity.

It was an­nounced Monday that most of the $60,000 raised this year (95 per cent) will be dis­trib­uted through Is­land Food Se­cu­rity Grants.

“The out­come of our dis­cus­sions has been very clear. The peo­ple of P.E.I. need ac­cess to af­ford­able food, the abil­ity to pre­pare and con­sume nu­tri­tious food and less re­liance on tra­di­tional food sup­ports,” said United Way of P.E.I. CEO, An­drea Mac­Don­ald.

“We want to of­fer peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to foster change with a mea­sur­able, more co­or­di­nated, sus­tain­able food sys­tem by fund­ing pro­grams sup­port­ing food se­cu­rity.”

Is­land Food Se­cu­rity Grants up to a max­i­mum of $5,000 each will be made avail­able to char­i­ties across P.E.I. to sup­port in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies liv­ing with­out ac­cess to abun­dant and af­ford­able food to­day. A call for grant ap­pli­ca­tions will be is­sued in Au­gust, 2017.

The re­main­ing five per cent of the funds will be shared be­tween two com­mu­nity spe­cific pro­grams, Let’s Talk Food and P.E.I. Fest’s – Youth So­cial En­trepreneur­ship Con­fer­ence.

With sup­port from the United Way and the City of Char­lot­te­town, funds al­lo­cated to the Let’s Talk Food ini­tia­tive will be di­rected to de­vel­op­ing Is­land­wide food se­cu­rity strate­gies fa­cil­i­tated by the P.E.I. Food Se­cu­rity Net­work. Funds al­lo­cated to the P.E.I. Fest’s – Youth So­cial En­tre­pre­neur Con­fer­ence en­cour­aged youth to de­velop in­no­va­tive ways of ad­dress­ing food se­cu­rity through en­trepreneur­ship.

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