Important Message from the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington – Assistance during the Pandemic

Did a child or youth you know access a Food & Friends student nutrition program?

Like so many in Dufferin, Wellington, and Guelph, the Children’s Foundation is concerned about how best to support the most vulnerable in our community during this unusual time of shut-downs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are especially concerned about the children who rely on food support through our Food & Friends student nutrition programs.

To respond to this emergency, the Children’s Foundation in partnership with other local organizations, has created a temporary emergency support program called Fresh Food for Kids which will provide nutritious food to local children and youth in need in Dufferin, Wellington, and Guelph.

Partnering with Crown Dairy (Ontario Student Nutrition Services), The Seed, Food4Kids Guelph, and food banks in Dufferin and Wellington County, we will be providing food for school-aged children and youth, similar to what would be provided through a Food & Friends nutrition program at a school.

Following nutritional guidelines, the food suppliers package the food supplies to go out by delivery in Guelph or for pick-up via Wellington County food banks. Our goal is to provide up to 400 food baskets per week for school-aged children and youth.

“Our company has been proudly partnered with the Children’s Foundation for the past few years in helping to get healthy food out to children at their school-based Food & Friends program.”, says Andrew Reimer, General Manager of Crown Dairy. “The team at Children’s Foundation has done an incredible job in bringing together a broad network quickly in an effort to meet the needs of children most impacted by food insecurity during some pretty daunting times. Crown Dairy is happy to play a part in this effort, and we encourage everyone with means to consider supporting the Children’s Foundation in providing the best possible impact to disadvantaged children in our community during this crisis.”

While children and youth are schooling from home, and are not able to access their usual student nutrition program, our goal is to continue bringing healthy food to hungry minds.

How It Works

▪ Parent(s) or Guardian(s) with children already being supported by the Children’s Foundation through our Food & Friends Program will be eligible to submit a request for a Fresh Food for Kids basket.
▪ Once selected, you will receive notification.
▪ Guelph-area families will receive a delivery to their home.
▪ We are still working out the details for Wellington County families for either pick-up at their local food bank or an at-home delivery. More details to come.
▪ Families will need to consent to sharing their personal information with Crown Dairy, their local County food bank and/or volunteer drivers so that they can arrange for either the delivery or pick-up of the food.
▪ Families will be asked to provide a thank-you that we can share with donors (we will not include your name for privacy reasons). Many of our donors are also facing times of uncertainty but are stretching to support the community out of love and kindness. We want to make sure they feel valued and appreciated for their support.

Dufferin County families: For families in Dufferin County, they can access food support through the Dufferin Food Share, led by the Orangeville Food Bank. We will be supplying bulk food items to help in their efforts to keep children and youth fed. You can click here for more information about the Orangeville Food Bank’s services.

How to Make a Request

If your family is in need of food support, you can CLICK HERE to enter your request for a Fresh Food for Kids basket.

One entry per family.

Please note: the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and the community is our number one priority and we are taking extra precautions when packaging and delivering all Fresh Food for Kids supplies using recommended safety protocols.

If you’re concerned, or have any questions, please reach out to me and/or Bobbi, Heather or Emma.

Stay healthy and happy!

Anita Macfarlane, Program Director