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Summer Eats for Kids

1 in 3 food bank users in Windsor-Essex County are children

United Way’s Summer Eats for Kids program provides children and families in Windsor-Essex County with nutritious snacks, fruits and vegetables during the summer months when school nutrition programs are closed. The program also offers books for children and families.

Where is the Food Distributed?

The Summer Eats for Kids program offers a drive-thru pick-up service in the parking lots of empty schools. The program runs through July and August with the goal of delivering 500 food boxes weekly in West Windsor, Downtown Windsor, and Leamington. 

Your Impact

This past summer, you helped us fill 3,600 food boxes for children. With your donation, you can improve a child’s nutrition, health, and educational success. Donations are welcome year-round.

Watch the 2021 Summer Eats for Kids Program in action.

2021 Summer Programs Report

Read about the community impact, our program sponsors and volunteers.

Be a Hero for a Day

$2,500 provides 100 families in Windsor and Essex County with a week’s worth of snacks, fresh fruits, and vegetables during the summer months. Summer Eats for Kids operates in six locations in West Windsor, Downtown Windsor, and Leamington.

How You Can Help

Make a Corporate Donation

Host a Workplace Fundraiser

Host a Digital Fundraiser

Make an Individual or Family One-Time Pledge



  • Opportunity to distribute food baskets to families at pick-up locations
  • Digital promotion of your contributions
  • Invitation to virtual recognition events

Contact Us

519-259-6164 I

Donate new or gently used books

Contact Susan Merryfield to arrange to drop off books to the United Way office. They will be distributed to children ages 1-17 at Summer Eats for Kids program sites.


August 27, 2021

Hero for a Day Summer Eats for Kids champions

RELEASE: United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County wrapped up its Summer Eats for Kids program this week and hosted its Backpacks for Success distribution day on August 24 and 26.