On Friday, local MPP Neil Lumsden met with the team of Food4Kids Hamilton to hear more about the $46,900 Capital grant from the provincial government’s Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) which was used to address a community need by improving the functionality and safety of the warehouse workspace.

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“Non-profit organizations across Ontario deliver programming that makes a difference,” said Neil Lumsden, MPP for Hamilton East—Stoney Creek. “That’s why the capital grant support that our government is providing is so important. We want to ensure that organizations like Food4Kids Hamilton have the infrastructure that they require to continue to make a positive difference in the local community.”

Capital grant funding was used to improve the functionality and safety of Food4Kids Hamilton’s warehouse. Enhanced lighting, a new floor and an automated garage door were added. The Food4Kids Hamilton warehouse is used by community volunteers, local organizations and staff who pack and deliver 1,600 individual bags of food to 79 Hamilton schools on a weekly basis.

“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be overstated”, said Cathy Haan, Executive Director of Food4Kids Hamilton.  This grant has allowed the much needed renovations to be made to ensure a safe and easily accessible warehouse.

Food4Kids Hamilton’s mission is to address child hunger by providing backpacks of healthy food for elementary school students from at-risk, low-income or disadvantaged homes with little or no food during weekend periods and throughout the summer months. Food4Kids provides packages of healthy food for kids with limited or no food during weekend periods. Packages of healthy foods are prepared off-site by volunteers and delivered to schools each Friday to ensure children have nourishment over the weekend. Each food package contains kid friendly, non-perishable and easy to prepare meals with maximum nutrient value. The focus is provision of foods from each food group including 5 servings per day of fruits and vegetables.

“Whether it’s helping people learn new things, connect with their community, or simply have fun, organizations like Food4Kids Hamilton deliver experiences that make a difference,” said Stan Cho, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Gaming. “That’s why grant support through the

Ontario Trillium Foundation is so important. This funding will help ensure Food4Kids Hamilton remains at the heart of the community for decades to come.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Ontario government with a mission to build healthy and vibrant communities across the province. Last year, OTF invested more than $110M into 1,044 community projects and multi-sector partnerships. Projects aim to enhance economic well-being, foster more active lifestyles, support child and youth development, provide spaces for people to come together and connect, and create a more sustainable environment.

Visit otf.ca to learn more.

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