Every Penny From Slurpee Name Your Price Day Goes To Food Banks Canada

By Karen Bliss 9/17/14 | www.samaritanmag.com

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven has declared this Friday (Sept. 19) Canada’s first-ever Slurpee Name Your Price Day at all 491 of its stores and the money all goes to food banks.  Given that Winnipeg alone has been named the Slurpee Capital of the World for 14 consecutive years, based on its consumption of the flavoured frozen drink, Canadians should be able to raise thousands of dollars.

The idea is simple: you decide what to pay for a large Slurpee and 7-Eleven will donate every penny to Food Banks Canada, which supports a network of over 3,000 food-related organizations in every province and territory, assisting close to 850,000 Canadians each month.

“We hope everyone who purchases a Slurpee will be generous and know that their visit to a 7-Eleven on September 19 means we can put food on the table for those struggling with hunger,” said Food Banks Canada executive director Katharine Schmidt in a statement.

Statistics from Food Banks Canada says one in five people have skipped a meal either because they could not afford food or so that their children could eat instead, and 36 percent resorted to buying less expensive food for themselves or their families in the past year due to financial struggles.

A $1 donation equals breakfasts for a week for an individual in need; a $3 donation equals enough snacks for every school day for a week for a school aged child; a $5 donation equals dinners for a month for an individual in need. Pay the standard $1.99 for a large Slurpee and that will help provide 14 meals.


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