Report - Unequal City: The Hidden Divide Among Toronto’s Children and Youth

This report draws on the Statistics Canada 2016 Census and other new data sources to describe the level, distribution and depth of poverty among Toronto children, youth and their families.

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Toronto child poverty divided along racial lines

Child poverty rate in Toronto is twice as high in racialized families according to a new study based on the 2016 census.

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Thank You for supporting feed tomorrow week 2017!

A great big “thank you” to all who supported the 13th annual feed tomorrow week – we couldn’t do it without you. 
With the support of a declaration from Toronto City Council and hundreds of volunteers, including students, politicians, donors and public figures, the week of events was a resounding success as we united communities across Toronto in a common cause: to raise awareness about child hunger right here in our city, raise money for the urgent needs of our students and to help build a better tomorrow for Toronto's vulnerable children.

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Hunger stands in the way of student success, says Toronto foundation

With roughly one in three Toronto kids living in poverty and 40 per cent coming to school hungry every day, it’s nearly impossible for far too many youngsters to be at their best throughout the school day. Hunger is a serious problem that affects grades, behaviour and graduation rates, and with Toronto holding the dubious title of Canada’s child poverty capital two years running according to a study released last year by a group of social service agencies, the issue seems unlikely to abate.

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TDSB breakfast program aims to raise awareness about child hunger

Students across the city have been baking up a storm all week as part of a campaign to raise funds and awareness about child hunger in Toronto. Tammie Sutherland with how the “feed tomorrow” program is helping kids learn on a full stomach.

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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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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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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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Canada ranked 25th on children’s well-being amongst rich countries: UNICEF

Canada ranks 37th on a list of 41 rich countries for children having access to enough nutritious food, and higher-than-average rates of child homicide and teen suicide also point to a need for action, a UNICEF report says.

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The death of Jordan Manners tore apart his school. How C.W. Jefferys was resurrected

Principal Monday Gala has led a remarkable turnaround of the school, 10 years after a shooting shocked the city.

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An Interview with Catherine Parsonage from Toronto Foundation for Student Success

Catherine Parsonage, Executive Director and CEO of Toronto Foundation for Student Success [TFSS], talks about the first time she went to a breakfast program and the importance of Student Nutrition Programs.

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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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