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

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Feed Tomorrow Week: Junior Chefs, 11 to 14 Years Old, Competing in Hands-On-Cooking Competition
A little healthy competition ignites lifelong lessons in building teamwork and life skills and the importance of nutrition

TORONTO, October 20, 2017 – On Friday, October 20, 2017, three teams of Junior Chefs, in the Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS) beyond 3:30 after-school program, will compete in the Junior Chefs' Culinary Cook Off at the President’s Choice Cooking School located at the Loblaws® store at Maple Leaf Gardens*. The culinary competition closes out feed tomorrow, a week-long series of events by the TFSS dedicated to raising awareness and funds to help feed Toronto school children and nourish hungry minds.

Teams of enthusiastic elementary school students began preparing for the competition in September by learning to cook and by preparing meals for their beyond 3:30 peers. In addition, the teams of students were tasked with a “food for thought” project that encouraged them to think about nutrition, teamwork and presentation skills.  The 18 projects were judged and the top three teams qualified for the competition round.

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.

The winning team will have lunch with Chef Brad Long and a tour of Café Belong, as well as bragging rights for their school. The second and third place teams will also receive prizes for their participation.

Quick Facts

  • One in every three children in Toronto lives in poverty and 40% of all children come to school hungry each day. This can be as high as 68% in our most at-risk communities.
  • Student Nutrition Programs (SNPs) provide children and youth with over 195,000 nutritious meals every school day.
  • There are over 820 SNPs, provided primarily in schools, where students eat a healthy breakfast, lunch, or a snack.  
  • The bulk of SNP funding comes from parent contributions as well as individual and corporate donations. The Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS) applies a full 100% of all donations received for SNPs directly to these programs. Funding also comes from other sources including the Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto.
  • A healthy breakfast for a child costs just $1.66.
  • Students who don’t eat breakfast are twice as likely to be suspended and are more likely to miss school.
  • 78% of secondary school students who eat breakfast on most days are on track for graduation.
  • Principals and teachers perceive that students’ attitudes, behaviours, and rates of tardiness have improved when they eat a healthy meal.
  • Parents, community members, teachers and other volunteers make up the teams who run the SNPs along with select paid staff members.

The Toronto Foundation for Student Success is an independent registered charity that provides support to the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) students. It is dedicated to feeding Toronto’s students, addressing issues of poverty, hunger and poor nutrition, and their effect on education.

Beyond 3:30, an innovative, free after-school program, is offered in 18 Toronto middle schools between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. each school day. Operating in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas during the time of day that many of our children are at their most vulnerable, beyond 3:30 gives students between the ages of 11 and 14 a safe and welcoming place to go for homework support, a healthy meal, sports, cooking and other opportunities that are often out of reach for families facing poverty issues.

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