School program helps feed hungry students

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.

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Try new restaurant Hopscotch and help feed students in Toronto

Try a new restaurant and help feed students in Toronto Monday, Dec. 12.

Hopscotch restaurant is using its grand opening to raise money for the Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS). The proceeds from its Dec. 12 opening will be used by the TFSS to support the student nutrition program at Niagara Street Junior Public School.

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Local Restaurant, Hopscotch, Supports Feeding Hungry Children


 
 

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!

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CTV News Toronto’s Dana Levenson visits Dundas Public School Student Nutrition Program

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.

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Hadden Family Foundation donates $150,000 in support of beyond 3:30 after-school and Feeding Hungry

Scarborough native Glenn Hadden stopped by Military Trail Public School Friday, Nov. 25 to support Beyond 3:30.

During the visit, he donated $150,000 from the Hadden Family Foundation to the Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS), the charitable arm of the Toronto District School Board. The donation supports the foundation’s Beyond 3:30 program, which gives students a safe and supportive space after school. Kids get homework help, cooking lessons, physical activity, a healthy meal and more.

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Hadden Family Foundation Announces Major Funding to After-School and Nutrition Programs.

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.

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Toronto holds onto its shameful title: Child poverty capital of Canada

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

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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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Media Release: Feed Tomorrow Week October 17-21

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

 

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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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We are missing the heart of the matter on cardiovascular disease, teaching kids to cook

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.

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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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Turning a blind eye to vision care in Canada

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.

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A giant thank you to Clearly.ca

 

A giant thank you to Clearly.ca for supporting the Gift of Sight and Sound program and for coming to help us dispense the glasses to students right in their school!

Posted by Toronto Foundation for Student Success on Thursday, March 17, 2016

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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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Relationships key to kids' well-being, UBC study finds

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.

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Morrish Public School's Red Nose Commercial

Posted 2015-12-08

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!

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Toronto Foundation for Student Success receives $150,000 from Hadden Family Foundation

Posted 2015-12-03
Category After School

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.

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Study Provides Strongest Evidence of Link Between Breakfast Quality and Educational Outcomes

Posted 2015-11-27

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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High Hopes for Federal Election to End Poverty

Posted 2015-11-24
Category News

Canadians have elected a government that appears ready to tackle child poverty with a list of progressive measures, including a new national benefit that could lift 315,000 children out of poverty, say advocates who have been urging federal action for a generation.

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Calling all TDSB Elementary Teachers!

Posted 2015-11-16

With December quickly approaching, we are looking for a piece of art to showcase on our holiday cards to our supporters. The more creative, the better! 

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Central Tech Wins Culinary Competition Designed to Raise Awareness and Money for School Nutrition

Posted 2015-11-06
Category News

Congratulations to Central Tech for winning $600.00 for their school's nutrition program through our 'Wrap Up with Rice' contest! To read about the event, check out Inside Toronto's article about it here

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Toronto Child & Family Poverty Update 2015

Posted 2015-10-19
Category News

This fall, Toronto City Council will vote on the adoption of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy.

The Canada-high child and family poverty rates reported here underscore the need for a strategy that includes clear targets and timelines, strong action, and significant investment starting in the 2016 budget.

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Toronto's Social Housing is Crumbling and Will Need $2.6B in Repairs

Posted 2015-10-14
Category News

In Toronto, 256,000 people live in social housing [...] there are almost 94,000 applications on the public housing waiting list as of July, representing 172,087 people - families and individuals, many vulnerable, waiting to be housed. That is more than the entire population of Burlington; more than the city of Oshawa.

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Toronto is Canada's Capital of Child Poverty

Posted 2015-10-13
Category News

Toronto remains the child-poverty capital of Canada, with 28.6 per cent of children living in low-income households, according to a new report being published Tuesday as the city prepares to release its final poverty reduction strategy to address the problem.

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