How The Program Works
Participants, 14 years and under, are referred by schools aware of children living with severe food insecurity, within their homes.
The school submits a confidential student registration form. Food items are packed by Food4Kids Waterloo Region volunteers and delivered to schools each Friday morning. At the school, the food package is placed into the student’s own backpack helping to shield the child from any stigma, associated with hunger, or from receiving food assistance. Each child in the home receives their own food package.
The cost to feed a child is $85 per month, or $1,000 to feed a child for an entire year. We are not in receipt of any core government funding.
Programs are 100% funded by community donors and one-time grants.
Programs are discreet, non-stigmatizing and inclusive – each child, 14 years and under, in a home, receives their own food package.
Summer, Winter and Spring Break Program: When students leave school for the summer, winter and spring breaks, many of them worry about when they will see their next meal. They will tell their teachers that they don’t want to be away from school because at school they know they won’t go hungry. Schools refer children, with limited access, to daily food during the 2 weeks during Winter Break, the 1 week over Spring Break, and the 9 weeks of Summer Break. Volunteers package healthy food such as proteins, whole grains, cereal, dairy, fruit and vegetables. The food is then delivered directly to the family home by pairs of volunteers.
In the summer of 2019 we delivered daily food to 150 children living throughout Waterloo Region.
Food4Kids Waterloo Region will offer 2 types of programs, weekend and daily, to provide nourishment to children who, for a multitude of reasons, may be food insecure.
Weekend program: Plain plastic bags are filled with 14 - 16 healthy food items and placed in the child’s backpack on Friday, before the child leaves for home for the weekend. The program is facilitated by volunteers who pack and deliver the bags to the schools, as well as school staff, teachers and Principals who ensure that the child receives the food pack, discreetly, to avoid stigma.