COVID-19 Support

During these challenging and uncertain times, our organization has chosen to respond with compassion and the willingness to help however we can. This pandemic has shone a bright spotlight on how truly interconnected we are, and has also highlighted the inequities in our world; and while we might say that we're all in the same storm, the truth is, we are not in the same boat. People living in poverty can have a very different experience of the world and their community than those in a more fortunate position.

This is something the Children's Foundation is familiar with and the driving force behind our COVID-19 support intiatives. We are working to help support those in poverty who are facing even more difficult times than usual.

If you are looking for support during these times, or a way to help, please check out our COVID-19 support initiatives:

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What is Food & Friends at Home?

An evolution of our Fresh Food for Kids initiative, Food & Friends at Home will be supporting children and youth through their transition back to school. Our Fresh Food for Kids initiative worked to continue to support the needs of children and youth who rely on our Food & Friends student nutrition for food support. While most students will be returning to school, many programs, such as our Food & Friends student nutrition programs, are not able to run normally. This leaves many students who rely on these programs without the proper nutrition needed for a full day of learning. 

The Children's Foundation will continue to support these children and youth by delivering snack kits to families homes, providing one snack for each day of a two-week period. These snacks will be similar to what would be provided through a Food & Friends student nutrition program. Families with children and youth supported by our Food & Friends Program will be eligible to register for a Food & Friends at Home kit.

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Previous Support Initiatives

The Children’s Foundation jumped into action quickly to ensure that children and youth in our community were continuously supported during school closures, and recreational activity cancellations this year. We created emergency support extensions of some of our programs:


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Our Adopt-A-Family program pivoted to a gift card only model for the 2020 holiday season. The health and safety of the volunteers, staff, and community involvement were top priority in this decision. Though Santa's workshop looked different this year, we received incredible feedback about the empowerment than families felt by having the opportunity to use the gift cards to shop for their families themselves. 

With the incredible support of the community we were able to support all 1,423 families who were referred to the program, including 3,136 children and youth! You can learn more about our Adopt-A-Family program here.


 

 

FTG at Home Logo 2With recreational activities such as swimming, camp and sports being cancelled during the summer months due to COVID-19, we were committed to find ways to keep children thinking, creating and moving. The value of play for children, especially during times of stress and uncertainty, cannot be underestimated.

Our Free to Grow at Home initiative worked in partnership with other local organization and businesses to provide recreational equipment, supplies and resources so that kids at home could continue the most important work of childhood - play! We were able to provide 935 Recreational Kits in 2020 to local children during the summer months and will be continuing the program in 2021. You can read more about this initiative here. 

 



FFFK logo 2With the closing of schools in March, the Children's Foundation, in partnership with local organizations, responded with a temporary emergency support initiative called Fresh Food for Kids that provided nutritious food to local children and youth in need in Dufferin, Wellington and Guelph. This initiative was able to deliver 19,180 nutritious food kits to local children and youth. You can learn more about the impact this initiative had here.