Between April and August 2020 our Covid-19 Community Food Relief Program provided fresh food boxes and prepared meals to school-aged children and youth and their families who had been impacted by the temporary closure of school nutrition programs or who required some additional support during the first wave of the pandemic.
Through the generosity of Breakfast Club of Canada by way of Northumberland Food for Thought and Peterborough Child & Family Centres and charitable donations from community members, we were doing over 250 food deliveries each week.
Fresh food boxes were sourced and packaged by The Market & Smor. Prepared meals were made by Dockside Bistro and Food Inspired. Our business partners contributed their time, talent and space to our cause. All donations went towards food and meal purchases for children and their families.
Our program ended in September but we realize the need is still there for students who are learning from home during COVID-19. We are currently raising funds to resume the delivery of fresh food hampers to children and youth who are not physically attending school and who are not able to access their student nutrition program.
Local Food for Local Good operates on a shared platform model working with sector-specific individuals and collaborations that are looking to experiment with or test new ideas. We support emerging projects with project coordination and facilitating access to funding through a shared administrative and governance model.
In 2015, we co-founded Cultivate Community, a community building venture that celebrates local food, drink, art and culture through collaboration, promotion and education. Cultivate Community operated as a social enterprise through our shared platform for five years. Due to its amazing growth and need for expansion it became its own incorporated non-profit organization with its own board of directors in 2020. Cultivate Community is a wonderful example of how good causes can both incubate and accelerate through a shared platform model.
Around the Table
Our annual Thanksgiving Challenge is a meaningful giving opportunity to provide individuals, couples and families in need with warm clothes, access to healthy food and increased street outreach as we head into the winter months. Around the Table invites people to give thanks by giving back by hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, harvest party or social gathering in memory, honour or celebration of a loved one. Charities can register to leverage the Around the Table platform as a third party fundraiser or donors can choose a particular cause to support.