What if you learned that hundreds of Brantford, Ontario children are sent to school every day with empty bellies and no packed lunch to sustain them?
What if you learned that a dedicated group of community-minded volunteers are working hard to solve this problem and that there is a simple way for you to help!
Gifts of the Heart program began in 2021 as a grassroots effort to feed and clothe kids in need. Starting with a simple request to Brantford’s Downtown Central Neighbourhood Association (DCNA) of seven dozen eggs for food insecure families, Gifts of the Heart has grown to currently providing 250 children with daily lunches across many Brantford schools. In addition, we provide weekend pantry item bags and weekly food bins to over 40 in-need families, as well as offer donated clothing and hygiene items to those who need it most.
The impact that this support makes for a family experiencing poverty is truly priceless. With the offer of a free, nutritious lunch provided by Gifts of the Heart, educators have reported a significant reduction in:
- behavioural issues
In addition, trust between the school community and families has vastly improved. Stress in family dynamics is lessened, offering a boost to overall mental health of kids and their guardians. The benefits of this aid cannot be understated.
WHAT IT TAKES
There are roughly 196 school days in a year. Our key goal is to provide 250 free, daily lunches resulting in close to 50,000 meals for the 2022/2023 academic year. At roughly $2 per meal, our program will cost approximately $100,000 annually. Gifts of the Heart relies on bulk food donations, purchased food items, and volunteer meal prep/delivery, to keep our meal costs affordable. As we work hard to sustain and expand our aid, we are seeking big-hearted donors and partners to make a positive impact in the lives of our most vulnerable demographic.
HOW YOU CAN HELP - DONATE!
We're asking compassionate supporters to donate what they can to help us keep this vital support going.
FEED A KID
- $2 - Feed a kid for a day
- $10 - Feed a kid for a week
- $40 - Feed a kid for a month
- $400 - Feed a kid for a year
FEED A CLASS
- $40 - Feed a class for a day
- $200 - Feed a class for a week
- $800 - Feed a class for a month
- $8000 - Feed a class for a year
Every donation - whether big or small - makes a difference to a kid in need. Donate today!
For more information, please visit: giftsoftheheart.ca
- sharon gamble
- Miriam LaPeare
- George Noel Chant
- Sharon Gashgarian
Fundraising team: Gifts of the Heart Team (4)
Raised $105 from 4 donations
Gifts Of The Heart
Raised $400 from 4 donations
Raised $140 from 2 donations
This team raised $654 from 13 other donations.