Food4Kids Waterloo Region Reaches Goal of Feeding 1000 Kids with support of Ontario Trillium Foundation “Grow Grant”

May 23, 2022

For Immediate Release

Waterloo Region, ON – – In June 2020, Food4Kids Waterloo Region (F4KWR) received a
Grow Grant in the amount of $415,800 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This funding
allowed Food4Kids Waterloo Region to reach 430 more children living with chronic hunger
from severe food insecure homes in Waterloo Region. As of June 30, 2022, Food4Kids
Waterloo Region will be providing direct food assistance to 1,000 vulnerable, at-risk
children in our community on weekends and during school breaks, making a significant
positive impact on their lives.

“We are grateful for the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s commitment to Food4Kids Waterloo
Region’s mission in reducing childhood hunger in our community with this remarkable
investment through the Grow Grant” says Lorri Detta, Executive Director. “We are stronger
together with our community as a result of this funding and we can help even more
children meet their basic needs. We know consistent hunger, even just over weekends
and extended school breaks, can set a child back for life.”

“With this investment, Food4Kids Waterloo Region was further enabled to meet the
challenges of the pandemic to feed more children living with chronic hunger from our
community. These children are now receiving life-changing, year-round healthy food
support from our program,” added Detta.

Food4Kids Waterloo Region provides healthy food packages to children aged 1-14 living
with chronic hunger from severely food insecure homes on weekends during the school
year, as well as during the winter, spring and summer breaks.
“Thank you, Ontario Trillium Foundation, for believing in our mission, and for caring about
children living with chronic hunger in our community,” added Detta, “It takes a village to
raise a child, and we are part of that village.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and
one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into
1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and
strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s
economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the
impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.
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For More Information and/or Interviews please contact
Lorri Detta, Executive Director Food4Kids Waterloo Region
lorridetta@food4kidswr.ca (519)-576-3443 ext 1
www.food4kidswr.ca