This story is about how one not-for-profit café became involved in reducing the impact of financial strain in their community. The café’s “Giving Tree” project invites café patrons and other community organizations to purchase leaves on a tree, which can be redeemed for free coffee and meals by those in need. Rick provides a clear picture of how community agencies can work together to empower those living with financial strain to identify and choose the services they need, when they need them.

More than one in four lower-income Canadians have skipped meals as a result of financial concerns. (CMA, 2012)

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