After the Bell

In Canada, 1 in 3 people who access food banks are children. This means over 300,000 children in Canada struggle to get enough food each month. This can have long term implications for children’s development, learning and growth.

Food Banks Canada aims to raise awareness of the important issue of child hunger in Canada. After the Bell is a multifaceted program that focuses on addressing the immediate needs of children experiencing hunger while building towards lifelong skills on nutrition literacy. We hope to grow and strengthen the next generation of leaders in food advocacy.

Food Banks Canada aims to respond to child hunger across Canada through:

  • Providing children with increased access to child-friendly, nutritious food through working with local food banks.
  • Educating kids about healthy eating, kitchen skills and meal preparation
  • Involving youth in the issue of hunger and inspiring them to take action

Because many school-centered support programs are not readily available during the summer months, the mini-meal program was established to fill the child hunger gap.

Children in select communities across Canada receive eight weekly food packs containing mini-meals with nutritious, child-friendly foods that meet their unique nutritional requirements.

Food Banks Canada pack acquires and assembles the non-perishable food and distributes the packs along with grants to local food banks.  Local food banks use that grant to purchase fresh, local, perishable produce to add to the pack.

In 2018, with the support of our corporate partners, Food Banks Canada was able to provide 69,000 food packs. This year, we grew the number to 100,000, which will be delivered to communities in 10 provinces and 2 territories.

Packing Day

The assembly of summer food packs was supported by our dedicated corporate partners.

In 2019, over 900 corporate volunteers participated in the packing process.

We look forward to growing the program in 2020 to reach our goal of assembling 130,000 food packs for children across the country. 

For more information on how you can support the After the Bell in 2020, please contact Erin Filey-Wronecki at

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Many food banks across Canada offer education programs to those who are experiencing hunger, to build skills and confidence in selecting healthy eating options. From basic kitchen and grocery shopping skills to hands-on cooking experience.

Through Food Explorers, Food Banks Canada aims to educate youth and empower their ability to make positive long-term decisions about food. Food Banks Canada has developed resources and curriculum for food banks to access and deliver the program locally in a fun and engaging way:

  • Food Explorers Guide to Cooking; a skill-based healthy eating program for Canadian children ages 9 to 11

The goal of the program aims to allow youth to:

  • Develop the skills to feed themselves with basic food ingredients.
  • Learn to follow a recipe and use basic kitchen utensils and equipment.
  • Explore a variety of foods.
  • Begin to understand how food affects the human body.
  • Discover individual food preferences and suitable ways to communicate them.

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of food distributed by Canadian food banks is fresh (eg. milk, eggs, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, bread)