What is Food & Friends at Home?

Like many in Dufferin, Wellington and Guelph, 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. Now that the school year has begun, we are especially concerned about the children and youth who rely on our Food & Friends student nutrition programs.

With 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 almost 100,000 nutritious meals to local children and youth in need in Dufferin, Wellington and Guelph.

This initiative has transitioned to Food & Friends at Home to start the new school year. Families with children and youth supported by the Children’s Foundation through the Food & Friends Program will be eligible to register for a Food & Friends at Home kit. This kit will provide one snack for each day of a two week period similar to what would be provided through a Food & Friends student nutrition program.

How it works

  • Parent(s) or Guardian(s) with children and youth supported by the Children’s Foundation through our Food & Friends Program are eligible to register for a Food & Friends at Home kit. A list of programs supported by Food & Friends can be found here.
  • Families in need of food support can register for a Food & Friends at Home kit.
  • Only one registration is required per family.
  • To receive delivery, applicants must give consent to share the information on the application form with staff and volunteers who will be packing and delivering the kits.
  • Deliveries will be made every two weeks starting the last week of September.
  • Applicants will receive email notification of delivery details for the kits.

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Please note the Food & Friends at Home kit final deliveries for the year will occur the week of December 7th, 2020. The initiative will then be pausing for the holiday season, and will resume the week of January 11, 2021. We wish you a healthy, happy holiday season!



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The Food & Friends at Home kits will follow nutritional guidelines. Deliveries will be made to the doorsteps of families in Dufferin, Wellington and Guelph. For the safety of families and the community, volunteers delivering the kits will not enter homes. Our goal is to provide up to 3,000 Food & Friends at Home kits every two weeks for school-aged children and youth so that we can continue bringing healthy food to hungry minds.

Please note: the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and the community is our top priority. We are following recommended safety protocols and taking extra precautions when packaging and delivering Food & Friends at Home kits.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Anita Macfarlane at anita@childrensfoundation.org.

Food & Friends at Home would not be possible
without the amazing support of our partners:

The Food & Friends at Home Initiative is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund.