Have you heard of the “Live Free” Campaign??
From January to March each year, student nutrition programs funded through Children’s Foundation Food & Friends take part in the Help Kids Live Free From Hunger Campaign, raising funds to provide nutritious food for the children that need it in Dufferin, Wellington and Guelph. During this campaign, students and teachers are challenged to give up something for one day that they may take for granted and then bring in a toonie to donate to the campaign.
What does it mean to “live free” of the worry of being hungry? Thankfully, it is something not many of us have to worry about.
Sadly, there are many low-income families in our community that are challenged with the decision of whether to pay rent or buy groceries. And we know that poverty has a significant, life-long impact on children and youth.
I have seen first-hand how important it is for kids to have the opportunity to eat, every day, before and during school through my work with the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington Food & Friends program. And yet, for so many students, not having enough food is a daily struggle, a hard reality.
If you have school age kids, I would invite you to ask them if they are participating in this campaign at school.
The Live Free Campaign https://www.childrensfoundation.org/ways-to-help/events/live–free-campaign is an initiative of the Children’s Foundation to raise funds for student nutrition programs across Dufferin, Wellington and Guelph. It supports programs that feed hungry students in a safe, inclusive environment to positively affect their ability to learn.
Here is how your donation can make a difference:
* $10 provides 11 healthy snacks
* $20 will provide 9 breakfasts for high school students
* $50 ensures 35 students will receive a morning meal
* $100 provides 70 kids with a healthy lunch
* $275 will provide breakfast to an elementary student for the whole school year
These might seem like small contributions but they can make a big difference; for some students, the food served during the Food & Friends student nutrition programs could be their only meal of the day!
Spread the word and let’s talk more about child hunger and what we can do about it!