The Adopt-a-Family program is now closed. Thank you all for your support!

Last year, over 520 families received assistance at Christmas. 

The Kanata Food Cupboard would not have been able to assist these families without community support through the Adopt-a-Family program.

Approximately half of the clients that apply for our Christmas Program are
adopted by generous adopters like yourself. The remaining clients are assisted by the Kanata Food Cupboard directly.  To try and ensure equality for all adopted and unadopted clients, the Kanata Food Cupboard has created suggested recommendations for Christmas Hamper items. 

Adopters are asked to provide…

  • a frozen turkey and all the trimmings so that the family can prepare a complete holiday meal.  (Please do not include any perishables, except the frozen turkey) in your hamper;

    • a gift card may be included in your hamper in lieu of the frozen turkey or any of the grocery items

  • gifts for children 17 years of age and younger; 

  • please also consider adding toiletries and treats/sweets to the hamper.

(Please note that we cannot distribute any homemade food items or preserves.)

It is difficult to estimate what "adopting a family" may cost, but you might consider spending the following...

  • between $55-$105 for the food for Christmas dinner (depending on the size of the family);

  • Maximum of $40 in gifts for each child 17 years of age and under;

  • between $25-$70 in toiletry items depending on family size (e.g. toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, body wash);

  • between $20-$65 in treats/sweets for the family to enjoy, depending on family size (e.g. chocolate, candy, hot chocolate, cookies).

An estimated costing table is provided for your reference.

We request that only new items and gifts are provided.

Please don’t wrap the gifts, although please feel free to include some gift wrap and other wrapping material if you choose.  

This program is a confidential service.  If you offer to "adopt" a family, you are provided with:

  • a code number for that family;

  • the number of adults and children in the family;

  • the childrens' gender, ages, and clothing sizes;

  • any gift items the adults have requested for the children.

If you have more funds available than what is necessary for your adopted family, please consider adopting a second family or donating extra gifts or food that can be distributed to others in need.

If there is a size and type of family that you would like to assist, we will certainly try and accommodate your preference.

For more information about adopting a family, please contact the Client and Community Outreach Coordinator.  

Thank you for your support!