"When a child's stomach is empty, everything else is secondary. Before developing a thirst for knowledge and hunger for learning, one must first satisfy the body's own thirst and hunger."

Romeo LeBlanc, former Governor General of Canada

View the Central East Student Nutrition Program Fact Sheet HERE.

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The Student Nutrition Program of Central Eastern Ontario works to ensure all children in the region attend school well nourished and ready to learn. We work to provide safe environments, free of judgment, in which children and youth can develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. Our programs take a universal approach, and serve all children in the region regardless of socioeconomic status.

In the 2014-15 school year, Central East Ontario had 832 nutrition programs (breakfast, morning meal, snack and lunch) operating in 612 schools, and serving 175,000 students in Durham and York Regions, and the Counties of Haliburton, Northumberland, Peterborough, and Simcoe and the City of Kawartha Lakes. These programs are run by local Committees which may include parents, administrators, teaching staff and volunteers. Local businesses also play a key role in programs by contributing funds, food, and supplies to nutrition programs.

Although financially administered by the Peterborough Family Resource Centre, each local nutrition program is uniquely developed and run by the school community to best suit its students needs.


Watch this video to see a breakfast program in action!




Our Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Programs:

  • Provide children with a positive start to the day
  • Improve the learning abilities of children and youth
  • Decrease disruptive behaviour in the classroom
  • Provide a chance for children to improve social skills
  • Help children to learn healthy eating habits that will last them a lifetime
  • Provide volunteer opportunities to show children their community cares

The Student Nutrition Program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The government funding operates within a larger group of contributors including parents, corporate sponsors, local charities and municipalities.