Student Nutrition Program
Student nutrition programs provide healthy meals and snacks to children and youth. Every day, over 208,000 Toronto students participate in these breakfast, snack, morning meal and lunch programs. Each student nutrition program is unique and a reflection of its community; they are operated in schools and community sites by volunteers, parents and students.
Student nutrition programs in the City of Toronto are supported by Student Nutrition Ontario -Toronto, a partnership which consists of:
- Toronto Public Health
- Toronto District School Board
- Toronto Catholic District School Board
- Toronto Foundation for Student Success
- The Angel Foundation for Learning
- FoodShare Toronto
- Conseil scolaire Viamonde
- Community Representatives
Student Nutrition Ontario – Toronto offers several kinds of support to help student nutrition programs run their programs safely and successfully.
- Toronto Public Health dietitians, school board representatives, and Community Development Animators may visit your program during the year to offer support, as needed.
- Free Food Safety and Nutrition workshops are offered throughout the year.
- Public Health Inspectors may visit your program to ensure that it meets food safety regulations including food safety equipment requirements.
- Training and ongoing support for monthly financial reporting and fundraising is available from the Toronto Foundation for Student Success and the Angel Foundation for Learning.
- Skill development workshops on various topics are offered by the Community Development Animators team.
Student Nutrition Programs Improve Learning
Student nutrition programs are a cost effective way to promote health and learning among children and youth. Although they can’t replace adequate income support, they can:
- Provide nutrients and energy so that students are ready to learn and participate in school.
- Create healthier eating habits.
- Support better scores in math, reading and science.
Take a look at the reports below describing student nutrition programs in Toronto:
- Future directions for student nutrition programs in Toronto, including international research. Toronto Public Health: Nourishing Young Minds, June 2012.
- A municipal funding plan to ensure stable funding for programs and to expand funding for new student nutrition programs in Toronto, endorsed by Toronto’s Board of Health: Student Nutrition Program: 2016 Operating Budget Request and Municipal Funding Plan to 2018.
- Impacts of student nutrition programs. Easwaramoorthy Muthuswamy, Feeding Our Future: The First- and Second-Year Evaluation, March 2012. Toronto District School Board.