The "After the Bell" program is part of an initiative from Food Banks Canada. The meals are scheduled to be sent to participating food bank programs throughout the country to help keep kids from going hungry.
Since the start of the pandemic, food banks have experienced an exponential rise in the number of people coming to access their services. Experts estimate that children make up nearly 35 percent of all food bank recipients, even though they represent less than 20 percent of the population.
Food Banks Canada officials say they expect to see more people accessing their services as social support programs such as the Canada Recovery Benefit begin to wind down.