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

Nutrition Program Bus Tour - A group of VIPs will travel on school buses, “student style”, to two public schools where they will see nutrition programs in action. They will meet with community volunteers and children and learn first-hand about the needs these programs address.

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ACE Bakery Staff Supporting After-School Program

As part of their staff-led fundraising initiative, ACE Bakery staff will deliver 6-foot long baguettes to all 18 beyond 3:30 after-school program sites and work with our Junior Chefs to prepare amazing creations that will be enjoyed by all during snack time. Carleton Village Junior and Senior Sports and Wellness Academy, 315 Osler St., is “Snackdown Central”.

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

TORONTO, October 16, 2017 – One out of three children here in Toronto lives in poverty and over 195,000 students rely on breakfast, snacks, or lunch served at 820 school-based nutrition programs to make it through the school day. The Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS), the independent registered charitable organization that provides support for Toronto District School Board (TDSB) students, will be hosting a week of events dedicated to feeding Toronto’s hungry students and nourishing hungry minds.

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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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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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2017 TDSB / TFSS Day with the Toronto Marlies Recap!

Over 6,500 students from more than 85 schools cheered on the Toronto Marlies for the 8th annual TDSB / TFSS Day at the Marlies. Every year the crowd grows, as does the energy. This year was no different. Thank you for bringing school spirit, cheers and excitement!

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Toronto Marlies, cheered on by 7000 TDSB students, help support children across Toronto

When the Toronto Marlies take to the ice on Wednesday, February 22nd, they will be battling more than just the Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning Affiliate); they will be assisting in the fight against child poverty as well. 

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A program to help kids with poor eyesight is also helping their foreign doctors

A one-of-a-kind vision-screening program for Toronto schoolchildren is giving foreign-trained doctors a rare opportunity to improve their skills so they can apply to Canadian medical residency programs.

The community health project, operating out of 150 schools within the Toronto District School Board, not only puts free glasses on kids but has given dozens of international medical graduates the experience they need to succeed. 

"Prior to this I was working in a call centre making minimum pay and I was not able to work on my Canadian medical exams," Rajkumar Luke Vijendra Das said while working at an eye screening clinic set up at The Elms Junior Middle School in Etobicoke. 

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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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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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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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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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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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