ONEXONE Improving The Lives Of Children
Now that children have returned back to school it’s important to consider that not all children in Canada are fortunate enough to have access to the fundamental requirements that make learning possible. Each day in Canada many children don’t know where their next meal is coming from; the case is particularly dire in rural First Nations communities in Canada where 40% of children live in poverty.
It’s for this reasons that ONEXONE has taken on the challenge of ensuring that children in remote reservation communities have access to a healthy breakfast each morning.
The charity was started by Joey Adler, CEO of Diesel Canada and founder of the social enterprise Industrial Revolution II, after personal tragedy led her to rethink her personal commitment to valuing every human life.
The name of the charity (pronounced “one by one”) signifies that each of us have the potential to make meaningful impacts in the lives of others. ONEXONE’s mission is to improve the lives of children with programs dedicated to the fundamental pillars: water, health, education, play and nutrition. The charity has drawn the support of celebrities including Matt Damon, Bill Clinton, Shakira and Patricia Arquette.
Canada’s own Kardinal Offishall has been an avid supporter of the charity for years, acting as their musical ambassador. This year, Kardinal supported ONEXONE’s new initiative the Million Meals Movement and the concert festivities (which also included Alyssa Reid, MAGIC! and headliners Simple Plan) as well as joining a group of over 500 volunteers to pack meals that were sent to food banks in Toronto and Montreal.
The event, meant to raise awareness about the realities of poverty and food insecurity in Canada as well as allow a huge team of volunteers to make an active impact. During the event over 100,000 meals were packed which will reach needy families in Canada.
The Million Meals Movement event created awareness for the charity’s day to day efforts to feed children through their Breakfast Program. Students who participate receive three out of the four food groups at each breakfast.
Offering breakfast ensures that children are getting adequate nutrition, and it’s also proven to have a wealth of learning impacts. Teachers have reported better grades, students are more attentive and have higher rates of attendance.
The program is meant to have a long lasting impact: students who complete their high school education and beyond are much less likely to continue living in poverty. Children who eat nutritiously are also much less likely to suffer from diseases like diabetes and cancer later in life.
Giving children breakfast each day is a modest act that supports a much larger goal: to ensure that every child has access to a life without poverty.