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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