About the Student Nutrition Program

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. Nutritious food helps kids learn and focus. Research has shown that students have trouble learning when they are hungry at school.

Changes due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to COVID-19, we are making changes to help ensure the program continues to be available to meet family needs during school closures and throughout the summer.

The program is adapting to include new approaches, such as:

  • providing grocery gift cards or farm vouchers
  • offering food boxes, meal kits or frozen meals
  • partnering with food banks

You can contact your local lead agency to find out how to contribute or volunteer with programs in your community.

Eligibility

The program is open to all children and youth at each program site across Ontario.

Information on how to contribute or volunteer

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. Program delivery is supported by volunteers, such as parents, teachers, school staff and other community members. Program providers are encouraged to select foods that are grown or produced locally.

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

First Nations Student Nutrition Program

The First Nations Student Nutrition Program helps provide children and youth with access to nutritious meals and snacks at 120 sites across 63 First Nations. The program is delivered through a First Nations-led process.

For more information about the First Nations Student Nutrition Program, you can contact a representative from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services by emailing firstnationssnp@ontario.ca.
The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres also receives funding for Student Nutrition Programs for children and youth who attend Akwe:go and Wasa-Nabin programs or the Alternative Secondary School Program.

Find a local lead agency

You can contact your local lead agency to find out how to contribute or volunteer with programs in your community.

Western Ontario

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, Ontario
N0A 1S0

Tel: 519-587-2441
Toll-free: 1-800-265-8087
Fax: 519-587-2682
E-mail: info@hnreach.on.ca

Huron/Perth, Grey/Bruce, London/Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford, Chatham/Kent, Windsor/Essex, Sarnia/Lambton

Victorian Order of Nurses
4520 Rhodes Drive Unit 400
Windsor, Ontario
N8W 5C2

Tel: 519-254-4866
519-254-1588
E-mail: osnp@von.ca

Eastern Ontario

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, Ontario
K6V 5J9

Tel: 613-342-0371 ext. 1173
Fax: 613-930-7251
E-mail: info@uclc.ca

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, Ontario
K8N 3L3

Tel: 613-966-1170 ext. 2205
Fax: 613-968-1038
Email: mdesnoo@hpedsb.on.ca
Food for Learning
Food Sharing Project
Nutrition 4 Kids

Ottawa

Ottawa Network for Education (Formerly Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation)
900 Morrison Drive, Suite 205
Ottawa, Ontario
K2H 8K7

Tel: 613-366-3085
Fax: 613-726-3443
Email: info@onfe-rope.ca
Ottawa School Breakfast Program

Northern Ontario

North Bay, Nipissing, Parry Sound and Muskoka Districts

Community Living North Bay
161 Main Street East
North Bay, Ontario
P1B 1A9

Tel: 705-476-3288
Fax: 705-476-4788
Student Nutrition North Bay

Algoma District, Sault Ste. Marie

Algoma Family Services
205 McNabb Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
P6B 1Y3

Tel: 705-945-5050
Fax: 705-942-9273

Kenora and Rainy River

Northwestern Health Unit
75-D Van Horne Avenue
Dryden, Ontario
P8N 2B2

Tel: 807-223-3301
Toll-free: 1-888-404-4231
Fax: 807-223-5754
Student Nutrition Program

Sudbury and Greater Sudbury

Sudbury Better Beginnings Better Future Association
450 Morin Avenue
Sudbury, Ontario
P3C 5H6

Tel: 705-671-1941
Fax: 705-671-1782
E-mail: betterb@isys.ca

Thunder Bay and surrounding areas

Canadian Red Cross Society
1145 Barton Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7B 5N3

Tel: 807-623-3073
Fax: 807-622-1031
E-mail: Thunderbay@redcross.ca

Timmins, Cochrane and Timiskaming Districts

Canadian Red Cross Society
Timmins & District Branch
60 Wilson Avenue, Suite 201
Timmins, Ontario
P4N 2S7

Tel: 705-267-4900
Fax: 70526-8638
Email: Timmins@redcross.ca

Central Ontario

City of Kawartha Lakes, Durham, Haliburton, Northumberland, Peterborough, Simcoe, York Region

Peterborough Family Resource Centre
201 Antrim Street
Peterborough, Ontario
K9H 3G5

Tel: 705-748-9144
Fax: 705-748-9177
Email: administrator@pfrc.ca

Halton, Peel, Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin, Guelph

Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA
161 Roger Street
Waterloo, Ontario
N2J 1B1

Tel: 519-741-8585
Fax: 519-741-9641
Email: studentnutrition@ckwymca.ca

Toronto

Student Nutrition Program guidelines

The Student Nutrition Program guidelines will help to model healthy breakfast, lunch and snack foods options for children and youth participating in the program.

Further information can be found in the Student Nutrition Program guidelines.

A PDF version of the Student Nutrition Program guidelines is also available for download.