Full tummies and healthy food are essentials for everyone and in particular for our growing kids. Numerous studies have shown that hunger affects concentration and the ability to learn. In 2017-18, 1 in 8 households in Canada was food insecure, amounting to 4.4 million people, including more than 1.2 million children living in food-insecure households. Of that 4.4 million people only 1.1 million accessed food bank services that same year. With the unprecedented events of the last year, this number has ballooned and many households are struggling to keep food on the table. How can we help?
Willingdon Family Support Fund launched the Community Pantry offering pantry goods, hygiene items, and more. Supported by our bi-weekly "Thoughtful Thursdays" which were already a Willingdon tradition, we offer both emergency and ongoing support to our families.
The Pantry, housed at our senior campus is run by both Home & School volunteers and our dedicated administration.
Partnership with The Food Depot and a generous donation of a fridge has given us the ability to provide some fresh fruit, veggies, homemade muffins, and granola bars, and dairy products!
Partnership with St Raymond's Community Center keeps our families stocked with grocery gift cards for any other needs they may have.