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COVID-19 Response

 Food4kids programs in Hamilton, Halton, Mississauga, Guelph and Niagara are mailing grocery gift cards to children involved with our program to ensure they have access to food for as long as needed. 2,770 grocery cards are mailed  to our community's most impoverished children to ensure they have access to food. With your help, we can ensure no child in our community will go hungry. 

To provide healthy food for kids from at-risk, low-income or disadvantaged homes with limited or no food during weekend periods or during the summer months.

You can support Food4Kids locally by volunteering or donating in one of five participating communities in Ontario: Hamilton, Halton, Niagara, Mississauga and Guelph.

Food4Kids  Ontario is always interested in working with corporate partners that want to help feed hungry kids.

Make a donation to Food4Kids Ontario today by  visiting Canada Helps and help us continue to ensure that no child in our province is hungry.

 

OUR BIG WHY

A 10-year-old boy waited outside the locked doors of a church breakfast program. The program was to start at 8:15 and the child stood outside at 7:15 in the dark, in the cold and alone. He explained he had not had any food on the weekend and was hungry.
 
Could he please have some food?
This child was the inspiration to launch Food4Kids, an organization dedicated to fighting child hunger in Ontario. Food4Kids provides healthy food for kids with limited or no access to food each weekend, and during the holidays (where we can). Packages of healthy food are prepared by volunteers and delivered to schools weekly and homes during the holidays to ensure children do not go hungry.

We wish we could say this was an isolated occurrence. However, thousands of children in Ontario are struggling weekends and holidays without food. We are able to feed some of those children but many more are having to wait until we have the resources to help them too.

Help Fight Child Hunger

In Our Province

OUR locationS

Food4Kids started in Hamilton in 2012 when Founder, Lena Bassford, met the child mentioned above one cold wintry morning. School nutrition programs feed kids during the school day, but there was a clear gap where kids living in deep poverty were going hungry on the weekends. Lena  and a team of dedicated volunteers developed the Food4Kids program and grew it into a major success in Hamilton and Halton. Soon, other communities were noticing Food4Kids and its impact and other passionate individuals started Food4Kids in their areas too.

There are  5 affiliated  chapters providing healthy weekend food for 2,770 children each and every weekend. While we cannot eliminate poverty and hunger, we can ensure our community's most disadvantaged children, have access to food, critical to their physical, emotional and academic development.

 

You can support Food4Kids locally by volunteering or donating in the following communities:

 

Vision | Mission | Mandate

Vision:

An Ontario where no child goes hungry.

Mission:

To provide healthy food for kids from at-risk, low-income or disadvantaged homes with limited or no food during weekend periods or during the summer months.

Mandate:

  • Provide resources and support for existing Food4Kids agencies in Ontario to grow capacity, increase reach, and build strength.

  • Help Food4Kids agencies to find, track, and share impact.

  • Oversee the development of new and emerging Food4Kids programs within Ontario.

 

Kelli Bugden, Chair

Ryan Strang, Director

Katherine Power, Past Chair

Charlie Difalco, Treasurer

Erica  Lamont, Legal Advisor

Shaun McKenna, Director

Lena Bassford, Executive Director

OUR SUPPORTERS

We are grateful to the many caring corporations who give generously to our program. Many not only donate funds, they also donate their precious time volunteering. Food4Kids  proudly partners with several corporations to address the very real and tragic issue of child hunger.
 Please connect with Lena Bassford at ontario@food4kids.ca to find out how you can get involved!
 
 
 

CONTACT US

If you would like to know more about Food4Kids Ontario or its affiliates in Guelph, Halton, Hamilton, Niagara or Mississauga please  contact ontario@food4kids.ca

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405 Whitney Avenue, 

Hamilton, ON L8S 2H6

T: 905-741-0060   E: ontario@food4kids.ca

Charitable Business # 747836096RR0001

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