In 2003, a mother in the region realized that children were going to school with empty stomachs and didn’t eat for the day. She discovered that, in our own communities, in the schools that our children attend, teachers and supervisors used their own money to ensure these children eat lunch.
The national statistics confirm her findings: according to the most recent UNICEF data, one out of 6 Canadian children lives in poverty. A child who is hungry cannot concentrate on his work and is less likely to complete his studies, and thus perpetuates the cycle of poverty. The decision was made to help these children in need and this is how Hungry to Help came into being.
Hungry to Help is a registered charitable organization that aims to address the problem of hunger for underprivileged primary school students in the National Capital Region. We work closely with catering companies in order to serve healthy meals and therefore support the education of all children living in our community.
In order to have an impact, we believe that community action should be disinterested, and inspired only by the desire to help others. The protection of privacy and the dignity of individuals are of primary importance to us in achieving our objectives. This is why the recipients’ identities are kept confidential and meals are served in the same capacity as provided to all the students.
How we work
Primary school teachers and principals identify children in need and, with the parents' consent, submit a food aid application to Hunger to Help on behalf of the children. Hungry to Help buys the meal from a catering company, at cost, that prepares and delivers them daily. Children designated by the school receive the meal at no cost to them at the same time and in the same manner as other students whose parents have ordered and paid for the meal. This way of proceeding ensures the anonymity and confidentiality of our intervention.
In 2017-2018, we provided free meals to schoolchildren in 12 schools across our region, at no cost. Despite this, we were unable to respond to all requests submitted. Every year, requests for food aid increase and exceed our financial resources.