Communities join forces to Nourish the Future of Ontario's Children

Breakfast Club of Canada, June 19, 2024

Excerpt: "Breakfast Club of Canada, Student Nutrition Ontario (SNO), The Schad Foundation and The Arrell Family Foundation are pleased to announce $3.6M in donations raised during the 2023-2024 school year for the Healthy Students Brighter Ontario campaign. The fundraising campaign builds on the Government of Ontario's commitment to provide much-needed additional support for the Ontario Student Nutrition Program and First Nations Student Nutrition Program.

Together with increased contributions from local communities and municipalities, the Student Nutrition Programs have raised more than $5 million over the school year. This meets the goal of community contributions to match the government of Ontario's additional $5 million funding for the programs.

The Ontario Student Nutrition Program and First Nation Student Nutrition Program provide nutritious food to students in the province. The Student Nutrition Program serves more than 600,000 school-aged children and youth with healthy meals and snacks throughout the school year. The First Nations Student Nutrition Program provides more than 1.4 million nutritious meals and snacks to Indigenous children and youth across the province each year.

The campaign saw contributions from a wide range of supporters, including businesses, charitable foundations and individual donors. Major donors to the campaign included:

  • The Schad Foundation
  • The Arrell Family Foundation
  • General Mills
  • The Sprott Foundation
  • The Honourable Mrs. Margaret McCain
  • The Peter Gilgan Foundation
  • Maple Leaf Foods
  • Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security
  • The Grocery Foundation
  • SNO Lead Agencies with their communities

"SNO believes that every child has the right to start their school day nourished and ready to learn and, with the help of our communities, donors and all levels of government, together we can make it happen," said Catherine Parsonage, past Chair, Student Nutrition Ontario."

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