Grocery Foundation donates $5.5 million to Kids Help Phone
Donation will support Resources Around Me, an interactive tool that helps youth connect with mental health programs and services
Canadian Grocer Staff
The Grocery Foundation has made a $5.5 million donation to Kids Help Phone’s Feel Out Loud Movement.
Funding will support Resources Around Me, an interactive tool that helps young people find and connect with community supports across Canada.
The tool offers more than 22,000 vetted youth mental health programs and services for all young people, including a list of specific resources for Indigenous, 2SLGBTQ+, Black and Newcomer youth.
The Grocery Foundation has partnered with Kids Help Phone for 14 years with proceeds from its annual Night to Nurture Gala going to the organization.
The Feel Out Loud movement aims to raise $300 million to revolutionize mental health care for young people. Through the movement, Kids Help Phone hopes to expand clinical services from coast to coast, close the mental health equity gaps and leverage innovation in virtual care.
“At The Grocery Foundation, we believe there is no better purpose than to come together in support of the health and well-being of children. Through our partnership with Kids Help Phone, we are proud to play our part in breaking down barriers to compassionate, 24/7 mental health services for young people – no matter where they may be located in Canada, and no matter what time of day they need to get in touch” said Shaun McKenna, executive director, The Grocery Foundation, in a statement.
Additionally, the Foundation is offering Front of Room access to the Night to Nurture Gala for the first time.
This year’s event will take place Jan. 27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Entertainment will be announced next week and ticket sales will open after.