One in five Canadian children are at risk of going back-to-school hungry

There’s a crisis in Canadian classrooms – children are going to school hungry.

We've heard this message before, but it's getting worse: Every day, 1 in 5 Canadian children are at risk of going to school on an empty stomach.

Empty stomachs not only lead to an emptiness in learning, but the playground can be barren of friends, reveals a new study.

With more than 5 million students heading back to school, Breakfast Club of Canada, a non-profit organization that provides funding, equipment, training and support to school breakfast programs across Canada, is calling on the public to bring awareness to this shocking truth. Sadly, numbers are even greater in First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities, where the risks are closer to 1 in 2.

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Access to ‘ethical’ food often available only to the wealthy, study says

The benefits of buying "ethical" food at farmer's markets and organic grocers often comes at the expense of equal access, according to a new report.

The study, by University of Guelph researcher Kelly Hodgins and professor Evan Fraser, highlights a paradox within the "ethical eating" movement. While eating local or organic food is often touted as superior from a health, environmental and oftentimes ethical perspective, such foods are often available only in Canada to the wealthy, with limited access for those living on lower or even middle incomes.

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TDSB serves 136,000 meals to students each day as child poverty rises

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.

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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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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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Toronto Star: Will John Tory be Toronto's anti-poverty mayor?

Posted 2015-09-02
Category News

John Tory has a chance to become the mayor who transformed Canada’s biggest municipality into a city where everyone has an equal chance to thrive.

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Retired Teachers of Ontario – District 24 Support TFSS Through Annual Golf Tournament

Posted 2015-08-01
Category Fundraising

The Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO) District 24 supports various nutrition programs across the city through their annual ‘Breakfast for Kids’ charity golf tournament. 

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Baltimore Schools Will Give Free Meals To All Kids

Posted 2015-06-08
Category News

Baltimore children attending public schools won't have to go another day in class hungry thanks to a new state program. The program lets children get both breakfast and lunch for free at a time when childhood hunger is on the rise and almost half of all low-income kids in America miss out on breakfast.

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Saputo Supports beyond 3:30

Posted 2015-05-20
Category After School

Many people are familiar with the name Saputo for their wide selection of dairy products at the grocery store. Not only do we at TFSS know and enjoy their products, we know Saputo Inc. for their generosity.

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Going hungry: Almost one in 10 Torontonians can't afford healthy food

Posted 2015-03-27
Category News

​25 years ago, the Canadian government vowed to eradicate child poverty by the year 2000, but today not much has changed. Carolyn Jarvis from Global News talks to the most vulnerable kids about what it’s like to go hungry in a land of plenty.

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More student nutrition programs among ways Toronto to tackle poverty

Posted 2015-02-20
Category News

Number of strategies to tackle pocerty outlined by Mayor Tory and Deputy Mayor McConnell. 

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Toronto Star: Muslim charities look to give back locally

Posted 2015-01-06
Category News

Toronto’s Muslim Welfare Centre has led the trend of donating locally, after years of Islamic charities focusing on international aid. The Muslime Welfare Centre has donated $30,000 to TFSS to help support Student Nutrition Programs in our city.

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SNAP Scarborough: Major Funding to After-School and Nutrition Programs

Posted 2015-01-02
Category News

SNAP Scarborough came out to Charles Gordon Senior Public School to join the Hadden Family Foundation as they presented a cheque for $150,000.

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Scarborough Mirror: Hadden Family Foundation donates $150,000 to TFSS

Posted 2014-12-03
Category News

Glenn Hadden, a Scarborough born-and-raised global financier wants to “close the opportunity gap” through education.

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OMNI News-Mandarin:Toronto born Wall St giant funds after school programs

Posted 2014-12-02
Category News

OMNI TV, Mandarin News Edition came out to our beyond 3:30 program at Charles Gordon Senior Public School on Friday, November 28, 2014, as The Hadden Family Foundation presented a cheque for $150,000. 

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Global News visits beyond 3:30

Susan Hay from Global News visits TFSS' beyond 3:30 program at Joseph Brant Public School for her 'Making a Difference' segment. 

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ACE Bakery horsing around for beyond 3:30 students

Posted 2014-11-03
Category Events

Ace Bakery employees have a lot of fun while trying to raise money for TFSS' after school program, beyond 3:30.

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Mary Luz Mejia: Why Hunger Hurts

Posted 2014-10-22
Category News

Mary Luz Mejia, food explorer, traveller, writer/editor, writes about 'Why Hunger Hurts' and her involvement at feed tomorrow ​2014.

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The Importance of School Breakfast Programs

Posted 2014-09-11
Category News

Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health for Peterborough City and County, writes about the importance of breakfast programs as an asset for all students that contributes to their health, academic and personal success.​

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Alberta pledges $60 million to create school breakfast program

Posted 2014-09-10
Category News

NDP leadership candidate, Rachel Notley, said her government would immediately introduce a $60-million pilot program to feed Alberta’s poorest children. School teachers battle hunger in their classrooms every day because Alberta is the only province in Canada without a school breakfast and lunch program.

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Dixon Grove JMS featured in Inside Toronto for their healthy lunch program

Posted 2014-05-22
Category News

Dixon Grove Junior Middle School has just launched a lunch program run by volunteer parents and students who prepare the meals in a converted classroom now a kitchen. The program makes sure that students get proper cooked meals.

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ACE Bakeries & George Weston Limited Fundraiser Brings in $126,000!

Posted 2013-12-11
Category Fundraising

Thanks to ACE Bakeries and George Weston Limited, over 1200 students in Priority Neighboudhoods across Toronto recieve access to afterschool nutrition, exercise, homework help and recreation.

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Whole Foods Yorkville Backs TFSS For the Holidays!

Posted 2013-12-03
Category Fundraising

Whole Foods Yorkville, purveyors of fine and delicious natural and organic food and groceries, have made the Toronto Foundation for Student Success the charity for their Feed 4 More December campaign!

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