Student Nutrition Program

Nutritious food helps kids learn. Research shows that students have trouble learning when they are hungry at school. They are better able to focus and learn if they eat nutritious meals and snacks.

The Student Nutrition Program offers school-age children and youth nutritious food through breakfast, lunch, and snack programs. The goal of the program is to support learning and healthy development. The program is open to all children and youth at a program site.

Fourteen lead agencies oversee program administration and grants. They support fundraising, build partnerships with program sponsors, and work with community partners to support local programs.

Programs are developed by schools and community partners to meet local needs. They are supported by volunteers, such as parents, teachers, school staff, and other community members. Program providers are encouraged to select locally grown or produced foods.

The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres also receives funding for Student Nutrition Programs where children and youth attend Akwe:go and Wasa-Nabin programs and the Alternative Secondary School Program.

First Nations Student Nutrition Program

The First Nations Student Nutrition Program helps provide children and youth with access to healthy food at school to support learning and healthy development. The program helps provide nutritious meals and snacks in 120 sites in 63 First Nations through a First Nations-led process.

For more information about the First Nations Student Nutrition Program, please contact:

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Student Nutrition Program Lead Agencies

Local fundraising is an important part of the Student Nutrition Program. Please contact your local lead agency to find out how you can contribute to or volunteer with programs in your community.

Algoma District, Sault Ste. Marie
Algoma Family Services
205 McNabb Street
Sault Ste. Marie, P6B 1Y3
Phone: (705) 945-5050
Fax: (705) 942-9273
Student Nutrition Program

City of Kawartha Lakes, Durham, Haliburton, Northumberland, Peterborough, Simcoe, York Region
Peterborough Family Resource Centre
201 Antrim Street
Peterborough, K9H 3G5
Phone: 705-748-9144
Fax: 705-748-9177

Dundas County, Glengarry County, Prescott County, Russell County, Stormont County, Renfrew County

Upper Canada Leger Centre for Education and Training
225 Central Avenue West
Brockville, K6V 5J9
Phone: 613- 342-0371 extension 1173
Fax: 613-930-7251

Halton, Peel, Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin, Guelph
Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA
161 Roger St
Waterloo, ON N2J 1B1
Phone: 519-741-8585
Fax: 519-741-9641

Hamilton, Brantford, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, and the Counties of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk
Haldimand Norfolk R.E.A.C.H.
101 Nanticoke Creek Parkway
P.O. Box 5054
Townsend, N0A 1S0
Phone: 519-587-2441 or 1-800-265-8087
Fax: 519-587-2682
Student Nutrition Program

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Counties, The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, Lanark County
Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation
156 Ann Street
Belleville, K8N 3L3
Phone: 613-966-1170, extension 2205
Fax: 613-968-1038
Food for Learning
Food Sharing Project
Nutrition 4 Kids

Huron/Perth, Grey/Bruce, London/Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford, Chatham/Kent, Windsor/Essex, Sarnia/Lambton
Victorian Order of Nurses
4520 Rhodes Dr. Unit 400
Windsor, N8W 5C2
Phone: 519-254-4866
Fax: 519-254-1588
Ontario Student Nutrition Program

Kenora and Rainy River
Northwestern Health Unit
75-D Van Horne Avenue
Dryden, P8N 2B2
Phone: (807) 223-3301 or 1-888-404-4231
Fax: (807) 223-5754
Student Nutrition Program

North Bay, Nipissing, Parry Sound and Muskoka Districts
Community Living North Bay
161 Main Street East
North Bay, P1B 1A9
Phone: 705-476-3288
Fax: 705-476-4788
Student Nutrition North Bay

Ottawa Network for Education (Formerly Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation)
900 Morrison Drive, Suite 205
Ottawa, K2H 8K7
Phone: 613-366-3085
Fax: 613-726-3443
Ottawa School Breakfast Program

Sudbury and Greater Sudbury
Sudbury Better Beginnings Better Future Association
450 Morin Avenue
Sudbury, P3C 5H6
Phone: 705-671-1941
Fax: 705-671-1782
Student Nutrition Program

Thunder Bay and surrounding areas
Canadian Red Cross Society
1145 Barton Street
Thunder Bay, P7B 5N3
Phone: 807-623-3073
Fax: 807-622-1031

Timmins, Cochrane and Timiskaming Districts
Canadian Red Cross Society
Timmins & District Branch
60 Wilson Avenue, Suite 201
Timmins, P4N 2S7
Phone: 705-267-4900
Fax: 705-268-638

Toronto Foundation for Student Success
2 Trethewey Drive, 4th Floor
Toronto, M6M 4A8
Phone: 416-394-6880
Fax: 416-394-6881
TFSS Student Nutrition Program
City of Toronto's Student Nutrition Program web page