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

Junior Chefs' Culinary Cook Off - 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.

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Feed Tomorrow: Students Prepare and Sell Breakfasts to Support their Peers

Breakfast for Breakfast - Secondary students will prepare and sell breakfasts in their school to support their peers across the TDSB. Students will gain volunteer hours and proceeds will go towards supporting Student Nutrition Programs.

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A new campaign to get support for in-school breakfast programs

Breakfast Club of Canada President Daniel Germain talks about a new campaign to get support for in-school breakfast programs.

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Hunger among students

Breakfast Clubs of Canada's Daniel Germain on how hunger impacts kids' ability to focus and learn while in school (click picture below to go to video link).

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Canada needs national school lunch program, say advocates

As school bells start ringing again across Canada, many parents are back to worrying what to put in their kids lunches so that they will eat it.

And it's not just what kind of food that's a concern, but also if kids have enough time to eat their lunches — creating a challenge for teachers in the afternoon with "hangry" students in class.

Zoe Traiforos, mother of three, tries to provide nutritious lunches for her kids but says the food just kept coming back half-eaten. So she got involved in the lunch program at her local school at Howard Public School in Toronto.

"It just began out of frustration with the daily throwing out of soggy lunches and my concern about my children not eating during the day," she tells The Current's host Matt Galloway.

"It was a very irregular thing to find that they had found the time to consume whatever I'd sent them … and the kids came home from school starving."

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Canadian students eating less nutritious food during school hours: study

Canadian children aren’t getting enough nutrition during school hours, causing them to fall short of daily dietary recommendations, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia.

Researchers compared the nutritional profile of foods consumed during and outside school hours, using data from the 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey, the last survey to offer comprehensive national-level data on Canadian students’ dietary habits.

They found that children consumed around one-third of their total daily calories while at school, but didn’t receive enough key nutrients such as calcium, protein, and vitamins A and D during school hours, because of a preference for junk food and sugary beverages over vegetables, fruit and dairy products.

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The Star : National school food program needed

Canadian children return to school with insufficient access to healthy food.

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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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Raptors star Cory Joseph's new partnership takes on childhood hunger

Toronto Raptor Cory Joseph is lending his famous name and deep pockets to a charity drive to stamp out childhood hunger in Canada.

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Councillor sounds alarm over how city will pay for student meals

A Toronto councillor is worried budget pressures will force the city to stop expanding a program that helps feed students in need, even as more children than ever are relying on the subsidized meals.

The city's budget committee will debate the funding for its Student Nutrition Program, on which the city spent $9.9 million last year to provide breakfast, lunch and snacks for some 194,000 students, at the committee's upcoming January meeting.

Toronto Public Health recommends spending an extra $2.2 million in 2017 so that more students can be fed through the program, budget notes state. But those same notes say the preliminary budget mentions a boost of $140,000, which would cover only the inflationary cost of food.

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Lessons 'Beyond 3:30' teach Toronto teens life skills

Taylor, an eighth grade student at Carlton Village Public School, credits the skills he's learned to the Junior Chefs' Club, one part of the "Beyond 3:30" after-school program run by the Toronto District School Board. 

The program began in 2009, and is designed for students between Grades 6 and 8. It's now in 18 schools across the city.

Between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. every school day, students take part in different activities — ranging from a homework club to cooking and nutrition classes — along with an hour and a half of sports and games.

"Every step and every piece of confidence they build — we see these children blossom," said Catherine Parsonage, executive director of the Toronto Foundation for Student Success. The group works to address issues of hunger and healthcare for school-age children.

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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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