Food Builds Trust

Food is one of the most powerful tools we have for building trust. Homeless youth have often been abused and rejected by the very people who were supposed to love and protect them. These youth are highly mistrustful of adults and the first step we take to establish trust with the youth is to feed them.

When the kids see that they receive three meals a day plus snacks every day, they begin to see that someone cares about them. Once that happens, they begin to have honest conversations with the staff about their hopes for the future and how to realize their potential.

Our main kitchen is responsible for preparing the food for kids in all of our programs, including our Crisis Shelter; Rights of Passage, our longer-term residence; Community Support Services drop-in centre; and high school. Feeding more than 150 youth a day is a big job. We spend over $1000 a day on food alone.

Not only do kids receive onsite meals, but all kids that attend work or school outside of Covenant House receive a bagged lunch. Our goal is that the kids in our programs never have to worry about being hungry. Without hunger as a distraction, they can focus on reaching their goals.

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