Running on empty: One in five children go to school hungry

Posted 2016-10-04
Category Nutrition

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.”

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Pricey fruits and veggies leading Canadians to buy frozen produce and juice

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.

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Mayor Tory serves up free-breakfast initiative

Posted 2016-02-17
Category Nutrition

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.

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Breakfast TV visits Glen Park PS

Posted 2015-09-21
Category Nutrition

City TV’s Breakfast Television visited Glen Park Public School which was hosting a breakfast program event in conjunction with Toronto Foundation for Student Success.

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JAMA Pediatrics Editorials: breakfasts improving academic performance; school-based and home lunches

Posted 2015-01-23
Category Nutrition

The January issue of JAMA Pediatrics includes two short editorials on breakfasts improving academic performance and comparative qualities of school-based and home lunches.

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Feeding Toronto's hungry students a top priority

Posted 2010-10-04
Category Nutrition

One out of three children in Toronto live in poverty. More than 110,000 TDSB students rely on breakfast, snack and lunch programs just to make it through the day. That’s part of the reason why the Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS), an arms length charity of the TDSB, is hosting a week of events dedicated to feeding Toronto’s hungry students and hungry minds.

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