Report - Unequal City: The Hidden Divide Among Toronto’s Children and Youth

This report draws on the Statistics Canada 2016 Census and other new data sources to describe the level, distribution and depth of poverty among Toronto children, youth and their families.

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Toronto child poverty divided along racial lines

Child poverty rate in Toronto is twice as high in racialized families according to a new study based on the 2016 census.

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Thank You for supporting feed tomorrow week 2017!

A great big “thank you” to all who supported the 13th annual feed tomorrow week – we couldn’t do it without you. 
With the support of a declaration from Toronto City Council and hundreds of volunteers, including students, politicians, donors and public figures, the week of events was a resounding success as we united communities across Toronto in a common cause: to raise awareness about child hunger right here in our city, raise money for the urgent needs of our students and to help build a better tomorrow for Toronto's vulnerable children.

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Hunger stands in the way of student success, says Toronto foundation

With roughly one in three Toronto kids living in poverty and 40 per cent coming to school hungry every day, it’s nearly impossible for far too many youngsters to be at their best throughout the school day. Hunger is a serious problem that affects grades, behaviour and graduation rates, and with Toronto holding the dubious title of Canada’s child poverty capital two years running according to a study released last year by a group of social service agencies, the issue seems unlikely to abate.

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TDSB breakfast program aims to raise awareness about child hunger

Students across the city have been baking up a storm all week as part of a campaign to raise funds and awareness about child hunger in Toronto. Tammie Sutherland with how the “feed tomorrow” program is helping kids learn on a full stomach.

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Feed Tomorrow Week: Junior Chefs, 11 to 14 Years Old, Competing in Hands-On-Cooking Competition

Junior Chefs' Culinary Cook Off - Three teams of four to five students will compete in a one-hour, hands-on cooking competition in front of a panel of judges, including chefs, “foodies” and media on Friday, October 20, 2017.  The competition starts at 10 a.m.

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Feed Tomorrow: Students Prepare and Sell Breakfasts to Support their Peers

Breakfast for Breakfast - Secondary students will prepare and sell breakfasts in their school to support their peers across the TDSB. Students will gain volunteer hours and proceeds will go towards supporting Student Nutrition Programs.

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Feed Tomorrow: VIP Guests Visit School Nutrition Programs “Student Style”

Nutrition Program Bus Tour - A group of VIPs will travel on school buses, “student style”, to two public schools where they will see nutrition programs in action. They will meet with community volunteers and children and learn first-hand about the needs these programs address.

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ACE Bakery Staff Supporting After-School Program

As part of their staff-led fundraising initiative, ACE Bakery staff will deliver 6-foot long baguettes to all 18 beyond 3:30 after-school program sites and work with our Junior Chefs to prepare amazing creations that will be enjoyed by all during snack time. Carleton Village Junior and Senior Sports and Wellness Academy, 315 Osler St., is “Snackdown Central”.

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Feed Tomorrow Week: Students and Chefs Raise Awareness about Child Hunger

TORONTO, October 16, 2017 – One out of three children here in Toronto lives in poverty and over 195,000 students rely on breakfast, snacks, or lunch served at 820 school-based nutrition programs to make it through the school day. The Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS), the independent registered charitable organization that provides support for Toronto District School Board (TDSB) students, will be hosting a week of events dedicated to feeding Toronto’s hungry students and nourishing hungry minds.

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A new campaign to get support for in-school breakfast programs

Breakfast Club of Canada President Daniel Germain talks about a new campaign to get support for in-school breakfast programs.

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Hunger among students

Breakfast Clubs of Canada's Daniel Germain on how hunger impacts kids' ability to focus and learn while in school (click picture below to go to video link).

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One in five Canadian children are at risk of going back-to-school hungry

There’s a crisis in Canadian classrooms – children are going to school hungry.

We've heard this message before, but it's getting worse: Every day, 1 in 5 Canadian children are at risk of going to school on an empty stomach.

Empty stomachs not only lead to an emptiness in learning, but the playground can be barren of friends, reveals a new study.

With more than 5 million students heading back to school, Breakfast Club of Canada, a non-profit organization that provides funding, equipment, training and support to school breakfast programs across Canada, is calling on the public to bring awareness to this shocking truth. Sadly, numbers are even greater in First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities, where the risks are closer to 1 in 2.

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Canada needs national school lunch program, say advocates

As school bells start ringing again across Canada, many parents are back to worrying what to put in their kids lunches so that they will eat it.

And it's not just what kind of food that's a concern, but also if kids have enough time to eat their lunches — creating a challenge for teachers in the afternoon with "hangry" students in class.

Zoe Traiforos, mother of three, tries to provide nutritious lunches for her kids but says the food just kept coming back half-eaten. So she got involved in the lunch program at her local school at Howard Public School in Toronto.

"It just began out of frustration with the daily throwing out of soggy lunches and my concern about my children not eating during the day," she tells The Current's host Matt Galloway.

"It was a very irregular thing to find that they had found the time to consume whatever I'd sent them … and the kids came home from school starving."

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Canadian students eating less nutritious food during school hours: study

Canadian children aren’t getting enough nutrition during school hours, causing them to fall short of daily dietary recommendations, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia.

Researchers compared the nutritional profile of foods consumed during and outside school hours, using data from the 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey, the last survey to offer comprehensive national-level data on Canadian students’ dietary habits.

They found that children consumed around one-third of their total daily calories while at school, but didn’t receive enough key nutrients such as calcium, protein, and vitamins A and D during school hours, because of a preference for junk food and sugary beverages over vegetables, fruit and dairy products.

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The Star : National school food program needed

Canadian children return to school with insufficient access to healthy food.

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Access to ‘ethical’ food often available only to the wealthy, study says

The benefits of buying "ethical" food at farmer's markets and organic grocers often comes at the expense of equal access, according to a new report.

The study, by University of Guelph researcher Kelly Hodgins and professor Evan Fraser, highlights a paradox within the "ethical eating" movement. While eating local or organic food is often touted as superior from a health, environmental and oftentimes ethical perspective, such foods are often available only in Canada to the wealthy, with limited access for those living on lower or even middle incomes.

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Raptors star Cory Joseph's new partnership takes on childhood hunger

Toronto Raptor Cory Joseph is lending his famous name and deep pockets to a charity drive to stamp out childhood hunger in Canada.

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Canada ranked 25th on children’s well-being amongst rich countries: UNICEF

Canada ranks 37th on a list of 41 rich countries for children having access to enough nutritious food, and higher-than-average rates of child homicide and teen suicide also point to a need for action, a UNICEF report says.

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The death of Jordan Manners tore apart his school. How C.W. Jefferys was resurrected

Principal Monday Gala has led a remarkable turnaround of the school, 10 years after a shooting shocked the city.

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2017 TDSB / TFSS Day with the Toronto Marlies Recap!

Over 6,500 students from more than 85 schools cheered on the Toronto Marlies for the 8th annual TDSB / TFSS Day at the Marlies. Every year the crowd grows, as does the energy. This year was no different. Thank you for bringing school spirit, cheers and excitement!

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Toronto Marlies, cheered on by 7000 TDSB students, help support children across Toronto

When the Toronto Marlies take to the ice on Wednesday, February 22nd, they will be battling more than just the Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning Affiliate); they will be assisting in the fight against child poverty as well. 

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An Interview with Catherine Parsonage from Toronto Foundation for Student Success

Catherine Parsonage, Executive Director and CEO of Toronto Foundation for Student Success [TFSS], talks about the first time she went to a breakfast program and the importance of Student Nutrition Programs.

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A program to help kids with poor eyesight is also helping their foreign doctors

A one-of-a-kind vision-screening program for Toronto schoolchildren is giving foreign-trained doctors a rare opportunity to improve their skills so they can apply to Canadian medical residency programs.

The community health project, operating out of 150 schools within the Toronto District School Board, not only puts free glasses on kids but has given dozens of international medical graduates the experience they need to succeed. 

"Prior to this I was working in a call centre making minimum pay and I was not able to work on my Canadian medical exams," Rajkumar Luke Vijendra Das said while working at an eye screening clinic set up at The Elms Junior Middle School in Etobicoke. 

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Councillor sounds alarm over how city will pay for student meals

A Toronto councillor is worried budget pressures will force the city to stop expanding a program that helps feed students in need, even as more children than ever are relying on the subsidized meals.

The city's budget committee will debate the funding for its Student Nutrition Program, on which the city spent $9.9 million last year to provide breakfast, lunch and snacks for some 194,000 students, at the committee's upcoming January meeting.

Toronto Public Health recommends spending an extra $2.2 million in 2017 so that more students can be fed through the program, budget notes state. But those same notes say the preliminary budget mentions a boost of $140,000, which would cover only the inflationary cost of food.

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