A 10-year-old boy waited outside the locked doors of a school breakfast program. The program was to start at 8:15 and the child stood outside at 7:15 in the dark, in the cold and alone. He explained he had not had any food on the weekend and was hungry. Could he please have some food? This child inspired the launch of the Food4Kids program.
The Optimist Club of Milton’s President heard this presentation at a meeting in Acton and all he could think about was – we, the Optimist Club of Milton – want to become involved in such a worthwhile community service. After talking to Food4Kids, Milton Optimist Club started Food4Kids in Milton - 8 years ago – and ever since we have been involved in purchasing, donations, sorting, packing and delivering of the food to the schools and homes.
Food4Kids provides packages of healthy food for kids aged 4-14 years with limited or no access to food each weekend.
The food packages are assembled by volunteers and delivered to schools each Friday to ensure children have nourishment over the weekend. There are more than 820 children in Halton struggling each weekend without food.
It’s hard to believe children in our very own community go hungry, but it's a reality faced by children each and every day. It’s not that parents do not want to feed their kids….they can’t. The worsening economy, job loss, working poor, illness, mental health, marriage breakdown or those fleeing their home country to seek safe refuge in Canada, are some of the reasons a parent will turn to Food4Kids for support. For more information go to www.food4kidshalton.ca.