Snacks ‘N Sneakers

Back to School Program (Snacks N’ Sneakers)


Our Back to School Snacks n’ Sneakers program returns to help students start classes on the right foot!

Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold, in partnership with Canadian Tire Bank (CTB), are pleased to be able to offer our CTB’s Snacks ‘n Sneakers program again this year. Each child registered with Community Care attending JK – Grade 12 is eligible to apply for the Snacks n’ Sneakers program and receive a backpack with school supplies, healthy snacks and a pair of brand-new sneakers.

“It is important that students return to school with the supplies they need so that their first priority is to participate and learn in class,” says Betty-Lou Souter, CEO of Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold. “Any parent or guardian to school aged kids knows how quickly the costs can add up when preparing for another school year. Children are expected to return to school with at least two pairs of shoes (one for indoors and their outside shoes), numerous supplies and added snacks that keep them going throughout the day. It can put a lot of pressure on families who are already struggling to get the basics covered. Our back to school program aims to help ease that burden and help families manage.”

Registration opening will be announced in July. Pick up dates will begin on August 19.

  • Please have your children’s current shoe size ready when you call.
  • When you call, we will work with you to make sure your file is up to date.
  • If you are not currently a client, you can still call our offices and we’ll discuss the steps to get you registered.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Danielle 905-685-1349 ext. 241 if you are a St. Catharines resident, or please call 905-227-9240 if you are a Thorold resident.

Our 2024 program will launch on August 19 with registration opening at the end of July. Watch our social channels and this page for the official registration opening date!

Donations Needed!

To support this program and the 1,700 students we anticipate supporting this year, we are looking for donations of the following items:


  • Backpacks
  • School Supplies (notebooks, pencils, rulers, erasers, sharpeners, binders, lined paper)
  • Sneakers (toddler size 10 – youth 10)
  • Healthy Snacks


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