Community Programs

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

In April 2019, we partnered with the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) for a month to raise funds for their research and programs. A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our amazing customers who made the partnership an incredible success! Together, we raised a grand total of $7631 which we donated directly to CHEO. Thanks to everyone who came out to shop on the weekend of April 6th and 7th when Kardish donated $1 from every purchase to CHEO, and thanks to all of our customers who continued to donate so generously throughout the month! Without you, none of this would have been possible.

CHEO means a lot to us. We feel lucky to have an organization committed to helping children heal and grow right in the heart of our city. Beyond its patient and knowledgeable staff, we love CHEO’s programs that are dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles at the earliest stage of wellness—childhood. The Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) at CHEO is dedicated to improving well-being in children throughout Eastern Ontario. Through research, leadership, knowledge translation, partnerships, training and education, and advocacy, HALO works diligently to promote and preserve healthy, active lifestyles, while managing and treating childhood inactivity and obesity. Kardish is a family business and a business that promotes well-being, so CHEO is especially close to our hearts. Here's to a brighter future for many kids and families in our amazing community.

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Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE)

Kardish has been a proud community partner of the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) for the past 3 years, a not-for-profit organization who provide a variety of Health and Well-Being services to children in grades Kindergarten to 12. ONFE works to identify and provide solutions to serious problems that affect wellness and academic achievement, including student hunger, inadequate nutrition, and drug and alcohol addiction. This year, Kardish has chosen to focus its fundraising efforts on their School Breakfast Program, which has allowed them to provide roughly 14,000 meals per day to children at nearly 200 schools across Ottawa--approximately 2.5 millions meals per year. Through no fault of their own, thousands of children and youth arrive at school hungry.

Research confirms that children and youth who eat a healthy breakfast engage more in class and perform better academically. On August 31st & September 1st of 2019, Kardish will be holding a Back To School Event in our stores to raise funds for the School Breakfast Program. Kardish will donate $1 to the program for every purchase that is made on this weekend. Health, Well-being, and families are close to our hearts as a local, family-run Ottawa Health Food business, so we are thrilled to partner with ONFE to help support their efforts to provide children across Ottawa a healthier life, and a better education as a result.

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Local Community Donations

Supporting the health of the local community is an important priority for the team at Kardish Health Food Centres. To do that, we have a monthly allotment of funding to support community initiatives. Funds will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Note that all donations will be made in the form of Kardish gift cards. Please be advised:

  • We prioritize initiatives pertaining to health, wellness, and families
  • We prioritize requests made by Kardish customers, and requests that support non-profit and charitable causes
  • We may not be able to fulfill last minute requests
  • We reserve the right to turn down any request at our full discretion 

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