Food For Kids COVID-19 Response
When schools shut their doors in March 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19, we had no idea that the next time they’d open would be in September of that year. Our community came together in a big way and, with your support, from April-July we were able to get over 100,000 x $50 food cards out to children and youth, via our Food for Kids initiative. What this meant was that approximately 3 million meals were provided to students who couldn’t access their schools’ Student Nutrition Programs (SNPs).
Thank you so very much. Without your support, Food for Kids simply wouldn’t be possible.
Food for Kids Initiative
School closing meant the closure of SNPs, which many, many students rely on. To help fill this gap, we worked quickly to find a way to get food out to kids who needed it, in the safest and fastest way possible.
Working closely with the school boards and volunteers from KPMG, a process was developed to get food cards out to children in need. Through our Food for Kids initiative, each child received a $50 food card, which is the cost of breakfast for 30 days. The food cards not only served a basic need – providing nutritious breakfasts – but they also allowed some families to purchase culturally relevant food, in an autonomous and dignified way. Though we closed the online registration process for Food for Kids at the end of June, we continue to get help out to thousands of students in need.
2020/21 School Year
When schools opened their doors for the 2020/21 academic year, we refocussed our efforts on supporting in-school SNPs. Due to COVID-19 safety requirements, the cost to deliver meals within SNPs increased significantly. Parents also faced continued economic hardship, so local school-based fundraising diminished, and our support was needed more than ever.
Though schools were open, many families chose to keep their children at home, learning virtually. Although our funds were limited, we supported thousands of students learning from home, through our Food for Kids initiative. Since September 2020, 50,942 food cards have been distributed to students learning from home, representing approximately 1,528,260 meals. As well, during the extended school closure in early 2021, we distributed over 28,000 food cards to support students who would normally be able to access their schools’ SNPs. This represents 840,000 meals. Schools are once again closed, and so we are continuing to get food cards out to students who need support.
Kids still need help, and so we are focussed on supporting them. If you would like to help us during this time of crisis, please donate here.
“We have received the cards from Food for Kids program for our two kids. I’d deeply like to thank you. I also would like to ask you to keep my name and e-mail address as I truly intend to give back to this program when we have the conditions to do so.”
“I’m a mom of three growing boys, ages, 14, 10 and 7. I want to say thank you for providing my family with food cards through your Food for Kids Program. It was a very welcome help to our dwindling budget.”
“I just wanted to thank you so much for the assistance in this very difficult time! We are going to use the cards to buy as much protein as we can (we have been eating a lot of pasta). Thank you!”
“Thanks for reaching out to the families in the communities. This is amazing! And it’s also a great private way to provide meals for people that are in need. Sometimes people need help but they are embarrassed to physically go to a food bank to say they need help, and even when they do, it is hard to find protein.”