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It’s for the Children – Food4Kids Bottle Drive

As we move in to Phase 2 of reopening, businesses and charities alike continue to feel the after effects. Food4Kids has been innovative in both their service delivery and in their funding efforts. Servicing 62 families or a total of 114 kids in Halton Hills, the ‘normal’ Food4Kids program sees bags of nutritious food delivered to local schools, on the last day of the school week, for children in need. The schools then distribute the bags discretely. This food is meant to supplement their nutrition over the weekend. With schools closing mid-March, the program quickly responded by sending PC gift cards to families in the amount of $10 per child per week. Families now receive monthly gift cards. Heading into summer, families participating in the program are normally eligible to apply for weekly food delivery. This year all children registered for the school year will continue to receive their gift cards over the summer which means numbers are up. But with COVID-19 has come a wake of delayed or cancelled third-party fundraising efforts. Their biggest third party event, Head for the Hills Beer Festival’s status is in question. And the Halton charity’s own fundraiser, Battle of the Chefs is also cancelled for 2020. While the program is not eligible for the Foodbank funding from the government, they have been successful in applying for other regional and provincial grants. To supplement this funding, they will be hosting a bottle drive. The bottle drive offers both pick up and drop off options. If you wish to drop off your empty beer bottles, liquor bottles or cans, you can do so at the Halton Hills Optimist Hall at 13439 Hwy 7 (Between Acton and Georgetown) from 1-5 p.m. on June 22, 25, July 6 or 9. If you





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