Take Action Against Hunger

66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry every day.

Our food programs focus on the immediate hunger needs of children while helping families and communities attain sustainable food security.

Beyond Food Handouts

Beyond Food Handouts

Our mission is to unlock children’s potential through community-led action in Canada and around the world.

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Beyond Food

From food aid to sustainable food security

Your charitable gift serves up nutritious meals in schools and daycares, and helps parents grow and sell food, earning the income they need to nourish their children and send them to school.

Beyond Charity

From charity to long-lasting change

Your online donation creates a better world for children by empowering parents, teachers and caregivers to implement sustainable change that has a lasting impact on children’s lives.

Your Impact

Your donation will help us meet the immediate need of feeding hungry children, while also funding long-term food security programs.

School Feeding


In Bolivia, Ethiopia and Uganda, daily nutritious school meals give parents peace of mind knowing that children are not going hungry, and mean that those at home (younger children or other vulnerable family members) are more likely to receive adequate nutrition, too. While in Canada, up to half of First Nations children living on reserve go to school hungry every day. Our programs focus on community-led school feeding and nutrition education.



The Fresh For Less food box program, now running in several communities in New Brunswick, is another way to bring affordable fruits and vegetables to families, along with nutrition information and food preparation tips. Low-income parents are able to access and use fruits and vegetables affordably in communities where options for fresh produce are typically limited and expensive, and they learn how to create healthy, nutritious meals that children love on a budget.

School Gardens


School gardens increase knowledge about proper nutrition, build skills, and provide produce that supplements school feeding programs. Knowing how to grow fresh fruit and vegetables and incorporate them into children’s regular diets reinforce healthy eating behaviours and support food security for families living in poverty.

Agricultural Training

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Community-led agricultural training and extension services help increase crop productivity, boost resilience to climate change, and create sustainable income from agriculture. Smallholder farm families are better able to feed their families consistently, despite the challenges imposed by a harsh and changing climate.

Income Generation

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Village Savings and Loan Associations, Self-Help Groups and other micro-finance initiatives provide participants – primarily women – with business and marketing skills, knowledge of credit and savings, and the means to earn and control their own income. Groups like these enable parents to increase their household earnings and engage in sustainable livelihoods, resulting in lasting, community-led change that ultimately helps improve children’s nutrition and health.



The Market-led Improved Livelihoods in Eastern Armhara Region (MILEAR) project is supporting 40,000 people to: implement small-scale irrigation activities; take advantage of higher-value and drought-resistant crops; increase productivity from livestock; adopt new income-generating activities and gain access to markets. The Resilient and Sustainable Livelihoods Transformation (RESULT) project is strengthening poor rural communities in Ghana by increasing and diversifying what is produced on farms, building on existing sources of income, and establishing new income opportunities.

Generously funded by the Government of Canada.


The results

Fighting child hunger together


CFTC provides more than one million meals and snacks to 1,893 children in Bolivia each year.


In 2015 CFTC provided 2.08 million meals and snacks to 9,476 children in Uganda.


1,336 Ugandan farmers (60% women) received training and 737 received seeds, tools, livestock and other inputs.


Fresh food boxes are regularly distributed in communities in New Brunswick and Ontario.


In 2015 CFTC provided 96,600 meals and snacks to 805 children in Ethiopia.


2,182 members of self-help groups in Ethiopia learned credit and savings techniques and were supported to earn income in 58 groups.


6,028 farmers (70% women) in Ghana received agricultural inputs, including drought-resistant seeds, tools and livestock.

Since I started rearing goats [through CFTC’s Livestock program] and earning an income from them, the biggest difference in my children’s lives is that they are now happy and hopeful. I am able to provide adequate food for my children and pay for school expenses. My children’s future is bright!Woinshet Tefera
Self-help group member and farmer
Abaye-Atir, North Shewa, Ethiopia
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Frequently asked questions

You can make an online donation to CFTC using MasterCard, Visa, American Express or PayPal. You can also donate by calling 1-800-387-1221 between 9am – 5pm EST, Monday to Friday.

About Us


We’re an independent, secular development agency founded and operating in Canada since 1986.


We are proud to have been named, for the second consecutive year, one of the Charities of the Year 2017 by the Financial Post.

We’re also honoured to have been one of the first charities to be accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program and to have been awarded “Exemplar” status for 2014-2017 by the Voluntary Sector Reporting Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting Transparency.


Our financials are independently audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers and published each year, while our volunteer Board of Directors sets and exceeds the highest standards in governance. You can count on the highest standards when it comes to use and stewardship of your generous donations.

Based on results for the last three years. For more information about our financials please download our latest Annual Report

Donation Options


Make a single, monthly or in memoriam donation and take action against child hunger today.

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Sponsor a child for just $33/month. You’ll be providing your sponsor child with all the basics they need to get a good education and grow up healthy.

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