Student nutrition programs in the City of Toronto are supported by Student Nutrition Ontario – Toronto, a partnership consisting 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
  • Community Representatives

Learn more about student nutrition programs and the different ways Student Nutrition Ontario – Toronto can help support them below.

Staff members from Student Nutrition Ontario – Toronto are available to provide support to student nutrition programs in the following ways:

  • A Public Health Dietitian is available for consultation regarding program menus and meeting the Nutrition Guideline.
  • A Public Health Inspector is available for consultation. Also, as mandated by the Ontario Food Premises Regulation 493/17, the food preparation/storage areas will be inspected by a Public Health Inspector.
  • Support with training and volunteer recruitment is available from school board staff or Community Development Coordinators.
  • Support with monitoring and submitting monthly financial reports is available by the agent which will flow funds to the funded site.

Toronto District School Board Sites

For support in completing the Full or Renewal Grant Application, questions about whether your program meets all funding criteria and support in establishing a local program committee, please contact:

  • Toronto District School Board: Angela Dozzi, 416-394-7435
  • Community Development Coordinator: Fiona Bowser, 416-553-7745

For questions about financial accountability and liability and what your site is currently funded for, please contact:

  • Toronto Foundation for Student Success: Anne Turpin, 416-394-7355

Toronto Catholic District School Board Sites

For support in completing the Full or Renewal Grant Application, questions about whether your program meets all funding criteria and support in establishing a local program committee, please contact:

  • Toronto Catholic District School Board: David Letra, 416-222-8282 ext 2687
  • Community Development Coordinator: Fiona Bowser, 416-553-7745

For questions about financial accountability and liability and what your site is currently funded for, please contact:

  • The Angel Foundation for Learning: Tina Giustizia, 416-222-8282 ext 2194

Conseil scolaire Viamonde (CSV), Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir (CSCMA)

For support in completing the Full or Renewal Grant Application, questions about whether your program meets all funding criteria and support in establishing a local program committee, please contact:

  • Community Development Coordinator: Fiona Bowser, 416-553-7745

For questions about financial accountability and liability and what your site is currently funded for, please contact:

  • Toronto Foundation for Student Success: Anne Turpin, 416-394-7355

Independent Schools & Community Sites

For support in completing the Full or Renewal Grant Application, questions about whether your program meets all funding criteria and support in establishing a local program committee, please contact:

  • Community Development Coordinator: Fiona Bowser, 416-553-7745

For questions about financial accountability and liability and what your site is currently funded for, please contact:

  • Toronto Foundation for Student Success: Anne Turpin, 416-394-7355

All Sites

For questions about the Full and Renewal Grant Application deadlines and the review process, please contact:

  • Toronto Public Health: Denise Vavaroutsos, 416-338-8605 or snp@toronto.ca.

Each student nutrition program is unique and a reflection of its community. Programs are operated in schools and community sites by volunteers, parents and students. Student nutrition programs differ in:

  • Program Type (e.g., breakfast, morning snack, morning meal)
  • Budget
  • Number of days per week
  • Delivery (e.g., on-site preparation, catered, bin, buffet)
  • Equipment and facilities
  • Location (e.g., school or community agency)

Program types

Breakfast – is served before school starts and consists of three food groups;

  • One serving from Vegetables & Fruit group, and;
  • One serving from Milk & Alternatives group, and;
  • One serving from Grain Products and/or Meat & Alternatives group.

Morning Meal – is served in the morning after school starts and consists of three food groups;

  • One serving from Vegetables & Fruit group, and;
  • One serving from Milk & Alternatives group, and;
  • One serving from Grain Products and/or Meat & Alternatives group.

Morning or Afternoon Snack – consists of at least two food groups;

  • One serving from Vegetables & Fruit group, and;
  • One serving from Milk & Alternatives group and/or Grain Products and/or Meat & Alternatives group.

Lunch/Dinner – consists of three food groups;

  • One serving from Vegetables & Fruit group, and;
  • One serving from Milk & Alternatives group, and;
  • One serving from Grain Products and/or Meat & Alternatives group.

Principal’s role
As with all programs in schools, the principal or his/her designate, assist in the successful implementation of the student nutrition program by providing safe, secure and clean space and assigning responsibilities around program liaison.  Participation in the development of an active and representative nutrition committee and advocating for the integration of student nutrition into the life of the school are important roles for the principal and the leaders in the school. In addition, the principal ensures that a separate bank account is available for the program, a nutrition program coordinator is in place and, with the Student Nutrition Program Committee, ensures that application deadlines and program criteria are met.

Volunteers
Volunteers are an important part of making your program a success.  Recruit volunteers from your local school community, including parents, students, community members and staff. Parents and students can contribute to the program in a variety of ways, including financial contributions, food ordering/shopping, food preparation, fundraising, planning, preparing financial reports, program committee, special events, etc.

Time
The amount of time required to run a student nutrition program is dependent on the number of program participants and the amount of food preparation taking place on site. Programs that are more comprehensive will require a greater time commitment.

Food purchase and preparation
The organization receiving funding is responsible for planning, buying, preparing and serving nutritious food at their student nutrition program. Typically, the student nutrition program coordinator and volunteers plan the menu and purchase the food from a preferred vendor. Food can be purchased from local grocery stores, food distributors, or catered from an inspected facility. In secondary schools, youth participation in implementing the programs will be an important resource.

For more information on operating a student nutrition program visit the Student Nutrition Ontario – Toronto website.