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Food & Friends

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The Food & Friends Program brings healthy food to hungry minds. Breakfast, morning meal, snack and lunch programs offered throughout Dufferin, Wellington County and Guelph agencies and schools, provide an atmosphere of social inclusion amongst students who may otherwise feel marginalized. Students have decreased disruptive behaviours in the classroom, learn healthy eating habits and build strong social skills.

The Children’s Foundation is working towards continuing our support of the most vulnerable in our community despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are especially concerned about the children and youth who rely on our Food & Friends student nutrition programs.

Learn more about our Food & Friends at Home Initiative here.

Why Do We Exist?

Many children go to school unprepared to learn. They have not had the right nourishment, which makes it difficult to focus. Numerous studies have shown that children who are hungry do not perform as well as others in school. Our programs help children reach their potential.

We support vulnerable children and youth by:
  • Applying for grants on behalf of student nutrition programs
  • Ensuring criteria and reporting requirements for grants are fulfilled as programs are delivered
  • Assisting individual programs with their local fundraising efforts
  • Recruiting and training volunteers to ensure appropriate food menu planning and safe food handling
  • Providing continuity and assistance in the administration of programs
  • Organizing forums to promote best practices to enable continuous improvement
  • Maintaining quality assurance regarding guidelines and standards recommended by the ministry and national charities that provide funding for school-based nutrition programs
How we make a difference:
  • Provide children and youth with a positive start to the day
  • Improve their learning abilities
  • Decrease disruptive behaviours in the classroom
  • Encourage positive social skills
  • Teach children and youth healthy eating habits

2020 Facts & Information



105 Student Nutrition Programs served 18,296 students over 963,000 meals during in-school learning.

Food Basket

Our emergency food support initiative provided over 168,000 meals to children and youth who were learning remotely.

Cost Elementary

$1.45 provides an elementary school meal (breakfast, morning meal, lunch) and $0.90 provides a healthy snack.

Secondary Cost

$2.20 provides a secondary school meal (breakfast, morning meal, lunch) and $1.30 provides a healthy snack.

Program Partners

Our community partners include agencies, organizations and private sector companies who support us in our mission, principals, and beliefs. 

Ontario Logo 2021Funded in part by the Ministry of Children,
Community and Social Services.

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Hendrix Genetics Logo 2021

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