Snacks n' Sneakers

Snacks n’ Sneakers program returns to Community Care to help students start classes on the right foot.

Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold, in partnership with Canadian Tire Bank (CTB), is pleased to offer our CTB’s Snacks ‘n Sneakers program again this year. Each child born between 2004-2017 and registered with Community Care, 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. “Parents and guardians to school-aged kids know 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 (for indoors and outdoors), 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.”

“We want to help children and parents in our communities get ready for a new school year – whatever form it takes,” said Dave DiFelice, Vice President, Customer Service and Operations, Canadian Tire Bank. “Our Snacks n’ Sneakers program helps put kids on an equal playing field when it comes to participating in physical activity and being ready to learn.”

This year, an appointment system will be used to help maintain social distancing during distribution. To apply for the program, Community Care asks parents/guardians to call their office at 905-685-1349 (St. Catharines) or 905-227-9240 (Thorold) to book your child(ren)’s appointment(s), which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis;. Community Care encourages interested parents/guardians to call today. Registration closes on August 13 at 3 pm.


  • Pick up dates will be August 19-20 & August 23-27
  • Children’s current shoe size needed for registration
  • Client files will be reviewed and updated during registration
  • Non-clients can register by calling the office (number above)

“Like so many out there, we have had to make significant changes to our program delivery model, and the way donations are received,” says Betty-Lou Souter. “With the goal of reaching as many children as possible, we are hoping people will consider monetary donations to support the program.”

Your donation of $25 will help one child in our community return to school on the right foot, $50 will help two children, $100 will help four children. Donations greater than $10 receive a taxable receipt. Every donation makes a difference. Donate today at or by calling our offices.


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