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OUR PROGRAMS

Because NO child in our community should worry about how they will be fed.

We reduce barriers to accessing healthy food, which impacts immediate, short and long-term developmental outcomes for children and youth. Provision of food is a key prevention strategy impacting physical health, mental health and academic success, in breaking the cycle of poverty.

Infographic outlining Food4Kids Hamilton's packing and delivery process
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3 AmazinG
ways we're
feeding kids

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WEEKENDS WITHOUT HUNGER

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SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM

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HIGH SCHOOL INITIATIVE

 

WEEKENDS WITHOUT HUNGER
Full backpacks equal happy tummies!

Program Overview: Participants aged 4 – 17 years are referred by schools aware of students with limited access to food in their homes. ​ ​The school submits a referral and parental permission form. Healthy food items, including 5 fresh fruit items are packed by Food4Kids volunteers and delivered to schools each Thursday morning. At the school, the food package is tucked discreetly into the student’s own backpack helping to shield the child from any stigma associated with hunger or receiving food assistance. Each child in the home receives their own food package.

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SUMMER PROGRAM
We continue to provide support for ALL students registered in our program while schools are closed.

Program Overview: We can now proudly say, ' We feed our kids during the summer months.' ​ Throughout the school year, school staff refer students to our program who are in need of support. Through July and August, our program continues to support all students registered in our program by mailing grocery store gift cards to their homes on a bi-weekly basis. This continues into September when school begins, and we are able to resume packing and delivering food bags for children to bring home for the weekend.

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HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM
Because graduating into high school does not necessarily mean leaving hungry weekends behind.

Program Overview: Established in 2012, Food4Kids Hamilton now has students that have moved on from elementary to high school. Graduating into high school does not mean they are no longer living in poverty and experiencing hunger. ​

 

We piloted a program in 2018 with two Hamilton high schools. Referred by office and teaching staff, students considered the most impoverished received a package of food for the weekend. ​ The impacts were astounding. Of the 60 student participants, each shared stories of how food access from Food4Kids impacted their lives. There are currently over 170 students in the 2021-2022 school year high school program. 

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i never thoughT our family would depend on others for food

"I never thought our family would depend on others for food. With a medical problem, I had no choice but to quit work. As a single parent raising 2 great kids, there is barely enough money for rent, little money for food and absolutely no money for extras. When the school asked if I would like to involve my kids in the Food4Kids program, all I could do was cry. Knowing my children have food brings comfort. The fresh fruits, soups and healthy snacks are appreciated. Thank you for this service. The volunteers at Food4Kids are angels."

— Parent

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SMALL KINDNESSES

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Every single item purchased through Shop4Kids helps to feed hungry children in the Hamilton community.