Who We Are

The Student Nutrition Program is a provincially led, regionally directed initiative. The provincial Ministry of Children and Youth Services supports local nutrition programs with money to purchase food and other essentials, while local businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals contribute financial support as well as in-kind donations and volunteer time to plan, support and deliver breakfast, lunch and snack programs.

Our program area in Central East Ontario

In the region of Ontario Central East, The Peterborough Family Resource Centre works as the lead agency, providing support and direction to: Durham's Child Nutrition Project, Haliburton Food for Kids, City of Kawartha Lakes Food for Kids, Northumberland Food for Thought, Peterborough Food for Kids, Simcoe Eat Well to Excel, and York Region Food for Learning.

At last count, our regional Student Nutrition Program administered 607 breakfast, lunch and snack programs, serving 78,125 children in Central Eastern Ontario.

Each community program is managed by a partnership committee of people who care about children's nutrition and health; often including parents, representatives from school boards, service clubs, businesses, public health departments and other local agencies. These committees are responsible for the strategic, financial and personnel management of local student nutrition programs.

Community programs are staffed, often on a part-time basis, by local coordinators who work closely with their partnership committees to improve the learning capacity, health and well-being of children by ensuring access to healthy food before, during or after school through school or community-based nutrition programs.

Students themselves, along with parents and teachers, recognize that when our stomachs are full of nutritious food, we learn better and are healthier.