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.
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.
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.
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.
Taylor, an eighth grade student at Carlton Village Public School, credits the skills he's learned to the Junior Chefs' Club, one part of the "Beyond 3:30" after-school program run by the Toronto District School Board.
The program began in 2009, and is designed for students between Grades 6 and 8. It's now in 18 schools across the city.
Between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. every school day, students take part in different activities — ranging from a homework club to cooking and nutrition classes — along with an hour and a half of sports and games.
"Every step and every piece of confidence they build — we see these children blossom," said Catherine Parsonage, executive director of the Toronto Foundation for Student Success. The group works to address issues of hunger and healthcare for school-age children.
Child poverty is a growing problem in the classroom — and it's prompting Canada's largest school board to prepare a staggering 136,000 breakfasts and lunches for students each day.
The Toronto District School Board opened 140 new breakfast initiatives in 2016, bringing its total number of meal programs to 588.
But there are kids who continue to go hungry.
Students at the downtown school, along with five other alternative school locations, receive non-perishable food items over the course of the year thanks to the Blessings in a Backpack Program.
TORONTO, 7 December 2016 – We are pleased to announce that Hopscotch restaurant will be donating the proceeds from their Grand Opening to the Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS) in support of the Student Nutrition Program (SNP) at Niagara Street Junior Public School!
When children are hungry, they can’t focus, and if they can’t focus, they can’t learn. At 826 school and community based SNPs the TFSS and its partners provide students with over 195,000 nutritious meals every school day. Students eat a healthy breakfast, lunch, or a snack so that they can focus on learning rather than hunger; we can’t do it alone and we rely on the support of generous donors, such as Hopscotch!
A nutritious meal fuels the body and mind and it can be tough for kids to make it through the day without one. CTV News Toronto’s Dana Levenson visits Dundas Public School Student Nutrition Program.
TORONTO, 23 November 2016 – Thanks to a former Toronto student and his family, thousands of at-risk students are learning to cook, finishing their homework and getting fit at beyond 3:30 after-school programs and being nourished through their Feeding Hungry Minds student nutrition program.
Toronto remains the child poverty capital of Canada, with 28.6 per cent of children living in very low-income households, according to a new report being released Tuesday.
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Feed Tomorrow: VIP Guests Visit School Nutrition Programs “Student Style”
TORONTO, October 18, 2016. As part of the 12th annual feed tomorrow week, hosted by the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, VIPs will meet at St. Lawrence Market, board school buses and travel to two schools, Rose Avenue JPS and Brock PS, to see a breakfast program in action. At Rose Avenue JPS, The Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism will speak about the importance of nutrition programs. The school visits will be followed by a reception at the St. Lawrence Market, with food provided by the St. Lawrence Market Merchants.
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Feed Tomorrow Week: Students and Chefs Raise Awareness about Child Hunger
One in five children is starting their day running on empty.
Jessica B.’s children used to go to school hungry – they’re 9 and 5 years old. “The rent isn’t getting cheaper and sometimes it can be hard to make sure my kids get healthy food. I don’t want them growing up eating junk,” says Jessica, a single mom working full-time at a local store in B.C.
She starts works at 8 a.m. and time pressures can have them all rushing out the door without breakfast, and “sometimes money is too tight to make sure the fridge is full.”
Jessica’s kids aren’t alone – “there’s one million children that are at risk of going to school on an empty stomach because they live in a precarious environment,” says Daniel Germain, founding president of Breakfast Club of Canada. “They all start the day with a strike against them and they just won’t be able to fully concentrate and learn to the best of their ability.”
First, let me give you some great news. Mortality rates from cardiovascular diseases have never been lower. Over the second half of the 20th century, heart disease and stroke went from representing half of the deaths in Canada to a quarter, thanks largely to the decline of smoking, plus advances in medicine.
About one-quarter of respondents in a new survey say they ate fewer fruits and vegetables over the past 12 months. Slightly more than two-thirds of respondents say they passed on purchasing specific high-cost produce.
TORONTO - Canada is failing to ensure everyone — especially children — has access to proper vision assessments and affordable corrective lenses, prominent pediatrician Lee Ford-Jones says.
“If there’s one thing you want Canadian children and youth and parents to be able to do is to be able to communicate with each other,” the GTA-based doctor said. “You want them to be able to hear, see, speak and read.
The program director at the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office applauds Mayor John Tory’s initiative to provide free breakfasts to Toronto-area grade school students, but believes the program doesn’t go far enough.
In 2014 the Government of Ontario released a poverty reduction strategy; it included $10 million made available between 2014 and 2019 to reduce poverty in Ontario communities. On Monday, Mayor Tory announced the allotment of $500,000 (of that $10 million) to offer breakfasts to communities in need. Mohan Doss, the program director of Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, appreciates the initiative, but has some criticism.
Children’s connection with parents, friends and other grown-ups plays a greater role in their sense of well-being than how well off their families are, a study from the University of British Columbia has found. [...] It found the most significant indicators of life satisfaction and health were positive relationships with adults at home, school and in the community, and peer belonging.
Have you seen Morrish Public School's red nose commercial yet? If not, you should check it out! Many thank to the Morrish students for their creativity and for supporting the red nose campaign for another year!
The Toronto Foundation for Student Success received a $150,000 boost from the Hadden Family Foundation last week.The contribution to the Toronto District School Board charity will help support student nutrition and Beyond 3:30 programs. [...] The Hadden Family Foundation has donated more than $1 million to support after-school and student nutrition programs in Toronto.
A new study conducted of 5,000 9-to 11-year-olds demonstrates signficant positive associations between breakfast consumption and education outcomes. The research found that the odds of an above average Teacher Assessment score were up to twice as high for pupils who are breakfast, compared with those who did not.
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