Share a Meal!

$25 provides a CityKidz family with a nourishing meal kit filled with all the fresh and non-perishable ingredients needed to make a wholesome, balanced meal plus lots of extra activities treats and surprises.

Putting food on the table has long been a challenge for many parents in our community. And now, with rapidly rising prices at grocery stores, food insecurity is increasing for families who are already struggling to make ends meet.

Family Meal Kits are a monthly initiative to help address the growing food insecurity, as well as financial and emotional stress facing many CityKidz children and families.

To continue supporting families through rising foods costs and increasing food insecurity, this fall, we plan to deliver 1,950 meals to families in the CityKidz community.

Each meal costs $25 and that means we need to raise $48,750 over the next two months to make this program possible.

Each Family Meal Kit will contain:

  • All the fresh and non-perishable ingredients needed to make a wholesome, balanced meal
  • Activity sheets to engage children throughout the meal preparation process
  • A few surprise trinkets like stickers and buttons to spark a little extra joy
$50

Provides two families with a meal kit filled with all the ingredients to prepare a wholesome meal together.

$75

Delivers three nourishing meals to a CityKidz family this fall.

 

A Gift of Your Choice

Supports vulnerable children with the nutrition they need to live healthy, active lives.

Your gift will help ensure all our CityKidz families receive nourishing meal kits this fall. It will ensure vulnerable children have a full belly, give parents a small but, for so many, meaningful financial break, and give families the opportunity to bond and enjoy together.

“I’m not trying to be greedy. I’m just really hungry. I haven’t eaten yet today” explained 11-year-old Gavin, trying to justify his request for one of our volunteer’s pizza slices during a CityKidz Saturday program. 

It was 1:00 p.m. when Gavin made his humble request. Our volunteer gladly gave him her pizza, which he carefully tucked away to have for dinner later. 

An estimated one in five Canadians is experiencing food insecurity and about a third of people who rely on food banks are children.  

The effects of food insecurity on children and youth are wide-ranging and long-lasting. Many children go hungry and suffer negative developmental, educational, emotional and health outcomes that can impact them well into adulthood. 

Children only get one childhood. There is no do-over. We want to make sure all children get the nourishment they need to thrive and make their big dreams a reality. 

For so many children in our community, your support will be the key ingredient in their next family meal. Will you help us? 

“I’m not trying to be greedy. I’m just really hungry. I haven’t eaten yet today”

Want to know more? Here’s what else you need to know!

Each Family Meal Kit contains:

  • All the fresh and non-perishable ingredients needed to make a wholesome, balanced meal
  • Activity sheets to engage children throughout the meal preparation process
  • A few surprise trinkets like stickers and buttons to spark a little extra joy

Our goal is to provide 650 CityKidz families with 3 meal kits each this spring. That’s 1,950 meal kits!

Family Meal Kits are available to families with children who are currently registered in CityKidz programs. We are, unfortunately, unable to support external requests for nutritional support at this time.

The Food Access Guide is a comprehensive list of places in Hamilton where health and social service providers can refer clients to receive free or low-cost food.

 

Yes. All gifts over $10 will receive a tax receipt in early 2023. If you require a tax receipt before this time, please contact info@citykidz.ca.

Your privacy is very important to us. So have no fear, the simple answer is “no.” No, we do not trade, sell or otherwise share your information with any other charity or organization. For more information, please read our Privacy Policy.

We are honoured by your generosity and trust. We take seriously our responsibility to use your investments efficiently and in ways that make a demonstrable difference in the lives of the children we serve. 85.3% of all donations go directly to programs and new projects (like the Family Meal Kits). The rest we use to cover the operating expenses – including building, transportation, fundraising, and administrative expenses – necessary to bring our programs to life. For more information, please read our Financial Statements.

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