Like so many in Guelph-Wellington, the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington is concerned about how best to support the most vulnerable in our community during this unprecedented time of shut-downs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are especially concerned about the children and youth who rely on food support through our Food & Friends student nutrition program, and we've been working hard to find creative ways to provide for their needs.
To respond to this emergency, the Children’s Foundation in partnership with other local organizations, has created a temporary emergency support program called Fresh Food for Kids which will provide nutritious food to local children and youth in need in Dufferin, Wellington and Guelph.
How does it work?
The Children's Foundation has partnered with many local food suppliers to help us reach as many children and youth as we can within our community through two different distribution initiatives:
Market Fresh Guelph:
We first partnered with Market Fresh Guelph to provide food baskets for five different Guelph-area families per week. These baskets contain enough food for the entire family for a week and eligible families are chosen on a lottery system for an at-home delivery by Market Fresh.
Ontario Student Nutrition Services:
We then partnered with Crown Dairy (Ontario Student Nutrition Services), The Seed, Food4Kids Guelph, and food banks in Wellington and Dufferin County to provide a variety of food for school-aged children and youth, similar to what would be provided as snacks through a Food & Friends nutrition program at a school.
While children and youth are schooling from home, and are not able to access their usual student nutrition program, our goal is to continue bringing healthy food to hungry minds.
Following nutritional guidelines, the food suppliers package the food supplies to go out by delivery in Guelph or for pick-up via Wellington County food banks. Our goal is to provide up to 400 food baskets per week for children and youth.
For families in Dufferin County, they can access food support through the Dufferin Food Share, led by the Orangeville Food Bank. We will be supplying bulk food items to help in their efforts to keep children and youth fed. You can click here for more information about the Orangeville Food Bank's services.
The health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and the community is our number one priority and we are taking extra precautions when packaging and delivering all Fresh Food for Kids supplies using recommended safety protocols.