If you are an independent school applying for funding for a new student nutrition program, please contact snp@toronto.ca.

The Toronto Board of Health recognizes that some independent schools may have a student population with a similar level of need to some public schools which offer student nutrition programs. A student nutrition program can help provide a more equitable environment for children and youth to learn and succeed. Since the 2019/20 school year, Toronto City Council approved expansion funding for student nutrition programs in eligible independent schools serving higher needs communities. This funding opportunity is intended to help offset the cost of nutritious food. If awarded, the municipal funding will cover a small portion of the student nutrition program’s costs. The remaining costs must be raised by the school/community. All available funding may not be allocated and will depend on the number of applications assessed as meeting eligibility and needs assessment criteria. Higher needs communities are defined as having a significant proportion of students living in lower income households.

Independent schools that would like to apply for first-time funding for a student nutrition program are required to complete the screening and needs assessment used to determine eligibility, in addition to an application. Eligible schools can apply and receive funding for only one of the following student nutrition programs: breakfast, morning meal, snack AM.

For the purposes of this funding opportunity an independent school is defined as a business or not-for-profit academic institution that operates independent of the Ministry of Education (i.e., not publicly funded).

To determine if an independent school is eligible to apply for funding, the school must meet the following criteria. The school must:

  • Have at least 85% of the students enrolled living in the City of Toronto;
  • Offer a full-time academic program teaching elementary and/or secondary school grades;
  • Have facilities to safely prepare and store food, in accordance with the Ontario Food Premises Regulation 493/17 , and;
  • Be assessed for overall level of need of the student population and agree to provide the postal codes for all students enrolled in the school to be used for this assessment.

The following programs do not meet funding criteria:

  • Lunch, afternoon snack or dinner programs
  • Programs not physically operating in the City of Toronto
  • Summer programs
  • Camps
  • Before- and after-school programs
  • Preschool programs