What is Food & Friends?
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.
At the start of the 2020/2021 school year, we launched a new initiative called Food & Friends at Home in order to continue to support those most vulnerable during this transition period. Families with children and youth supported by the Children’s Foundation through the Food & Friends Program were eligible to submit a request for a Food & Friends at Home kit. This kit provided one snack for each day of a two week period similar to what would be provided through a Food & Friends student nutrition program. This initiative has stopped at the end of this school year (June 30, 2021).
Details of the initiative for the 2021/2022 school year will be announced in early September.