Food4Kids Hamilton Halton – $13,000 (Larger Grant)
Growing Healthy Kids
This grant will support a collaborative initiative between Food4Kids, Foodland Ontario, Feeding Halton and Food for Life. The summer program is the first of its kind in Halton, the first of its kind in Canada, ensuring children have access to healthy food throughout the summer during an eight-week program. The program addresses child hunger in our community by providing a supply of healthy local food to 100 children living in low-income homes with limited or no access to food. It eliminates barriers to accessing food through direct distribution to the child’s home to ensure food is received by those most in need. It celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday by providing Ontario grown foods in partnership with Foodland Ontario (resources), Feeding Halton (direct farm) and Food for Life (food donations). It inspires growing food by providing the children with seedlings in the first week with instructions to nurture through till harvest and inspires families to continue to create fresh local meals through the eight-week recipe booklet created. By providing local in season foods, recipes and fun facts about Canada they will engage a spirit of fun in the kitchen. Easy to make recipes will ensure the families eat healthy and learn about foods that are grown in Canada.