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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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