There are many types of need in our community. Families, and especially children, are affected by so many variables that can place them in a position of need.
The well-being of children is the centre of our focus. We ensure accessibility and inclusiveness, while advocating for the elimination of chronic hunger and food insecurity.
We recognize that families struggle, for so many reasons, including but not limited to financial constraints, physical and mental health illness, breakdown of family structure, addictions and other.
"Please keep this program! It is very helpful to our family. Some days are a struggle, and every little bit helps."
"The benefits of this program to our families are too many to mention, but the long term result will be a reduction in risk and vulnerability."
"This program is awesome. When the kids realized that their bag was all theirs, and that their siblings had their own, they were so appreciative."
"A grade one student, who grew up in a refugee camp (living in a tent) before coming to Canada, asks me every day, "today is food?" When I remind her it is only on Fridays, she counts how many more days she has to wait. The smile she gives knowing she will get her food bags melts my heart, every day."
"Food insecurity is a serious public health problem because individuals’ health and well-being are tightly linked to their household food security. Recent research in Canada has shown that the experience of hunger leaves an indelible mark on children’s physical and mental health, manifesting in greater likelihood of certain conditions, such as depression and asthma in adolescence and early adulthood." Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2014 Proof Food Insecurity Policy Research.
Food4Kids Waterloo Region works in collaboration with other organizations to ensure there is no gap in children accessing food on a daily basis. By providing nourishment to children on weekends and during school breaks, we provide the ability of families to shore up depleted resources, ease chronic hunger and improve food security.
Food4Kids Waterloo Region provides children living with chronic hunger an opportunity to access food on an ongoing basis.