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Ontario Brokers Raise $100K to Fight Childhood Hunger

October 28, 2020   by Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario

TORONTO, ON, OCT. 28, 2020/insPRESS/ – The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) raised $100,000 for the Breakfast Club of Canada at #IBAO2020, its recent conference October 21–22. This year’s event marked the association’s 100th annual and first ever virtual convention.

“The Ontario Broker community is a very generous, compassionate demographic,” said Norah Black, Director of Marketing & Communications, IBAO. “We took inspiration from our members for this year’s event and partnered with the Breakfast Club of Canada to support childhood education.”

The organization operates in neighbourhoods across Canada to provide breakfast to children living with food insecurity. The impacts of daily breakfast are not only significant for children and families, they generate positive change within schools and communities.

“Given the pandemic, the need has doubled—one in three children go to school without a healthy breakfast every day,” said Rylee Cooper, Advisor of Foundations & Corporate Partnerships, Breakfast Club of Canada. “The number one thing we can ask for is support through funding so we can make sure every child has access to a healthy morning meal.”

The benefits of a healthy breakfast are scientifically proven to support optimal learning. The Breakfast Club of Canada currently delivers over 250,000 breakfasts every day in 1,885+ schools across Canada.

“Part of our job as insurance brokers is to help people who’ve suffered a loss,” said Joseph Carnevale, IBAO President. “Ontario Brokers have always given back to their communities—with the need increasing so much during the pandemic, we’ve seen that generosity hit new heights.”

IBAO’s annual convention connects Ontario’s insurance industry, including its 90+ insurers and broader insurance community to its over 14,000 members to learn, connect and inspire. This year’s event was themed around empowerment and giving back, with fundraising efforts supporting the Breakfast Club of Canada.

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