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Jays Care Foundation steps up to the plate to provide food funding for AOK families – Anishinabek News

December 20, 2023

AUNDECK OMNI KANING FIRST NATION – Some Anishinabek families on Manitoulin Island are getting some help this year with their food expenses from the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Major League Baseball squad announced that it was investing more than $300,000 this year through its charitable arm, the Jays Care Foundation, to assist with food insecurity in 21 Indigenous communities across the country.

One of the funding recipients is Aundeck Omni Kaning (AOK) First Nation on Manitoulin Island.

Mandy McGraw, the manager of AOK’s community centre, the Four Directions Complex, said the First Nation has received $5,000 in funding from the Jays Care Foundation.

That money will be utilized to buy 20 gifts cards for families in the community. McGraw said families that have four to five children will be eligible for a $250 gift card, and families with two to three children can receive a gift card worth $150.

“We have a lot of families that are struggling this year, especially with inflation,” McGraw said.

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