Nutritious food helps kids learn. Ontario’s Student Nutrition Program helps fund nutritious breakfasts, snacks, and lunches at many schools and community locations across Ontario. Proper nutrition helps kids get the most out of their school day. The program is made possible through volunteers and community partnerships.
As part of the Healthy Kids Strategy, Ontario invested an additional $3 million to the Student Nutrition Program in 2013-14. This investment supports the creation of over 200 new breakfast programs over two years in higher needs communities. In 2014-15, the investment will also support the expansion of Student Nutrition Programs in some First Nations communities.
The programs are developed by schools and community agencies. They are run by volunteers such as parents, teachers and other community members. Programs are encouraged to follow the Student Nutrition Program Nutrition Guidelines (2008). These guidelines help providers choose nutritious foods for breakfast, lunch and snacks.