April 20, 2014 - To address the effects of poverty and break down the barriers for low-income families, Ontario is expanding and enhancing its ‘Student Nutrition Program’ so that 56,000 more children and youth will receive the nutritional boost they need to succeed in school.
340 new breakfast programs will be created in elementary and secondary schools, and on-reserve First Nations schools in northern Ontario.
“Nutritious snacks and meals are critical to the success of every child. We want Ontario’s children to reach their full potential, and this investment is one more way we are helping our children succeed,” says Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services.
The Student Nutrition Program provides nutritious breakfasts, snacks and lunches to support healthy development so school children.
- During the 2012-13 school year, over 695,000 school-age children and youth benefited from more than 4,200 breakfast, lunch and snack programs.
- Eligible schools are identified based upon socioeconomic data and academic performance.
- The Healthy Kids Panel Report “No Time to Wait” highlighted the importance of school nutrition programs.
Ontario Student Nutrition Program – includes program models & fruit and vegetable programs
Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services – School Snacks and Meals