Food for Life knows that our future starts with today’s youth. Ensuring all youth have access to healthy nutritious food is a vital part of this. We are proud to say we help over 15 youth programs and that are specifically focused on supporting youth who face barriers to accessing healthy, nutritious, fresh food. In addition to the children supported through our other food support programs we also serve 1,612 youth every week through our collaborative partners such as Frontline Outreach, Arthouse, Kerr Street, Boys and Girls Clubs, and many more.
We are currently in need of the following items to support kids and youth across Halton.
• Peanut free granola bars
• Unsweetened apple or other fruit cups or squeeze pouches
• Single serve yogurts
• Fresh fruit and vegetables such as mini-carrots, cucumbers, baby-tomatoes, watermelons, apples, oranges, bananas
• Fruit-Leathers (not fruit roll-ups)
Youth in Action
With thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we were able to pilot the Nourishing Minds program with the Town of Oakville Community Youth Basketball League, this program has expanded to now engage Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton, and Support & Housing Halton.
Food for Life’s role is to provide healthy food packs that contain fresh healthy food options along with a related recipe to inspire cooking within the family.
Food for Life is committed to supporting all members of a family who are struggling with hunger.
We engage with and support innovative programs that help reduce barriers to accessing healthy food, minimize risks of children being stigmatized by peers, promote food literacy, and champion the importance of parents/guardians in being leaders in supporting their children.
Year-round Food for Life supports youth-at-risk by providing healthy food bins for after-school programs and special camp-style programming.
In the summer we provide these same nutritious filled bins to 12 camp locations across Halton. Many of these camps are run by our agency partners.