Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign will raise money locally for YMCA snack program

Eat a cookie to feed kids

If you’re hungry and need a snack this week, make it a Smile Cookie from Tim Hortons.

That’s because the full $1 from every Smile Cookie solid in Kelowna and West Kelowna this week will support the YMCA’s Healthy Snacks program. The YMCA of Southern Interior BC is one of 665 Canadian charities, hospitals and community programs that will benefit from this year’s campaign.

The Smile Cookie campaign began in 1996 to help raise funds for the Hamilton Children’s Hospital in Ontario and has raised more than $77 million.

Tim Hortons restaurants in Kelowna and West Kelowna have been supporting the YMCA Healthy Snack Program through the Smile Cookie campaign since 2013. The donations mean more than 540 children in local YMCA programs will receive a nutritious snack every day.

“Now, more than ever, is critical that all children in our care get a daily healthy snack to help them grow and thrive,” said Kelowna’s Danielle Miranda, who serves as YMCA of Southern Interior BC’s child care general manager. “Sadly, many kids in our programs come to us hungry.

“With many families struggling even more due to the pandemic, affording nutritious food or putting regular meals on the table may be a bigger challenge for some.”

More information about the Smile Cookie campaign can be found here.

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