In a well-developed country like Canada, often we fail to realize what a wide-spread problem hunger still is. The truth is that there are many young Canadians who go hungry each and every day, and it’s our mission at the Grocery Foundation to work towards reaching hungry youth in Canada.

Many people just like you find themselves wondering how they can help hungry kids in their communities across Canada. One of the best ways that you can make a difference directly in your neighbourhood is by reaching out and volunteering at your child’s school snack program.

Volunteering is an excellent way to make a difference in the lives of people living close to you, while also connecting yourself with a valuable community of like-minded people. Volunteering gives you first-hand experience in seeing a change, as you help to bring food to the mouths of hungry kids.

Volunteers are the backbone of many of these snack programs in schools across Canada, as reliable volunteers save resources which can then be better used to further the program itself. Volunteering is good for your spirit, and helps to create positive change both within and beyond.

When you volunteer with your child’s school snack program, you will find a new love for your community, and a better understanding of the need within. It is your opportunity to give your time and energy back into the community, while learning about your own skills of organization and outreach. Not only are you helping hungry kids within the district, but you’re also encouraging your child’s involvement in volunteer projects when you lead by example. We all want to teach our kids to leave this world a little better than we found it, but it’s not something that happens by accident; positive change happens through the effort of one person at a time, and every volunteer shift makes a difference in the life of a hungry child.