“It was a great opportunity for our finance leadership team to spend the day with kids at the Regent Park Community Food Centre.”
In early June, a group of 12 people from Loblaw's executive finance team volunteered at a fun-filled Cook and Grow PA Day camp at Regent Park Community Food Centre (CFC), moving far out of the board room and straight into food prep, gardening and high-energy games.
Supported by President’s Choice Children’s Charity, Cook and Grow is a kids-centered cooking and gardening program that teaches children and youth basic cooking and safety skills and encourages them to cook more at home with family and friends. Importantly, it also boosts self-confidence and promotes awareness of healthy food options.
“Volunteering gave us a chance to see up close the positive impact of our partnership between President's Choice Children’s Charity and Community Food Centres Canada."
— Darren Myers, Loblaw's Chief Financial Officer.
Centered on healthy food, Darren and the Loblaws team helped prepare morning snacks, then rolled up their sleeves to weed, seed and water the garden with the kids. PA Day-perfect games and activities followed, which were all capped off with pizza masterfully prepped and cooked in the park’s wood-fired stone oven.
“We had a blast playing games with the kids, helping them learn to garden and bake their own pizza’s in the park,” Darren said. “I want to thank the Food Centre for giving us the opportunity to participate and to see firsthand the great work they are doing for Regent Park. It is important for colleagues to give back to the community, both financially and with time”.
Regent Park CFC is one of the eight centers funded by PC Children's Charity.