Giant Tiger Donates $15,000 to the Ottawa Network for Education's School Breakfast Program

Giant Tiger VP of Marketing Karen Sterling, Councillor Jean Cloutier and local celebrity chef help celebrate donation by preparing breakfast for program participants.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Feb. 11, 2016) - As part of its Charitable Giving Foundation, Giant Tiger, the all-Canadian family discount store, has donated $15,000 to the Ottawa Network for Education's (ONFE) Ottawa School Breakfast Program.

ONFE's School Breakfast Program serves 13,500 students in 175 schools across the city and helps to ensure that children in need have access to a healthy breakfast in a safe, supervised environment.

"At Giant Tiger we understand the important role breakfast plays in the development of children," said Thomas Haig, President and COO, Giant Tiger Stores Limited. "The Ottawa Network for Education's School Breakfast Program helps make nutrition a priority for students in our local community and we are delighted to help them serve as many schools as possible."

In addition to its donation, on Thursday, February 11, Giant Tiger volunteers, including Vice President of Marketing Karen Sterling, Councillor Jean Cloutier and local celebrity Chef Michael Radford of The Whalesbone and The Elmdale Tavern and Oyster House, will prepare and serve a customized breakfast to program participants at Vincent Massey Public School. Breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. and will feature Giant Tiger's private grocery label Giant Value.

"We know that breakfast programs make a difference," said Carolyn Hunter, Director of the Ottawa School Breakfast Program. "Research shows that children who eat a nutritious breakfast are more engaged in daily learning, perform better in school and have better self-esteem and health. We are so grateful to Giant Tiger for their ongoing support of the program and the impact their involvement has had in our community."

About Giant Tiger

Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian owned family discount store, committed to providing on-trend family fashions, groceries and everyday needs. Established in 1961 in Ottawa's Byward Market, the privately held company has over 200 locations across Canada and employs over 7,000 team members. All Giant Tiger locations are locally owned or operated by a team member who knows the community. In 2001, the North West Company entered into a franchise agreement with Giant Tiger Stores Limited to open and operate Giant Tiger stores in Western Canada. The friendly local stores with the iconic yellow logo are not only where Canadians shop more and spend less, but they also help bring communities together.

For more information on Giant Tiger, please visit www.gianttiger.com

About Ottawa Network for Education

The School Breakfast Program is an initiative of the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE). Since 1985, ONFE has played a lead role in developing over 40 innovative program that harness the resources of the Ottawa community to help students overcome learning barriers, bolster essential skills and make informed life and career choices. ONFE is the only organization that works directly with, and is endorsed by, all four school boards to deliver programs in local schools. Over 80% of Ottawa schools have one or more ONFE programs, providing services to more than 122,000 students each year.

For more information on ONFE, please visit http://www.onfe-rope.ca/en

SOURCE Giant Tiger

Contacts:

Rachel Kerr
Public Relations and Social Media Lead
613-521-8222 ext. 2894
rachel.kerr@gianttiger.com
www.gianttiger.com

Melissa McGuirk McNiel
Director of Advancement
613-366-3085 ext. 266
mmcguirk@onfe-rope.ca

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