We have been dedicated to ensuring Halton students have access to healthy food for almost two decades and every year we grow to serve more of our community. We would like to put the spotlight on some of our new programs that have helped us expand our reach by providing equitable access to healthy food and a safe and reliable place for students to enjoy the social benefits of sharing a meal with friends and positive adult role models. When students have access to healthy food they are better prepared to focus on their studies and to achieve better grades. Schools with SNPs report an increase in student achievement and attendance and a decrease in at-risk behaviour.
New to Burlington:
Only 4 weeks in, Clarksdale Public School is already feeding 110 students via their breakfast cart. Local celebrity Dr. Smoothie is a real hit with tasty treats on Tuesdays at Central Public School. Student Ambassadors and peer-to-peer literacy assistance club serve up healthy options at Ascension Elementary School while MM Robinson High School students benefit from access to nutritious options in their busy morning. Sacred Heart of Jesus Elementary School hopes to be granted OPHEA Healthy School Certification in part by highlighting fresh fruits and vegetables in their SNP.
New to Oakville:
Having recognized the need, St Dominic Catholic Elementary School has added a breakfast cart program to their already popular basket program while Iroquois Ridge Secondary School engaged staff and students to run their new 5 day a week grab and go breakfast cart program. Abbey Park Secondary School’s meal card program and snack stations allow students to take advantage of healthy food instead of less nutritious options previously consumed outside of school while St Bernadette Catholic Elementary School now provides students with protein packed options for their students before class. Partnering with Public Health allowed Oakwood Public School to add a basket program to their already crowd pleasing breakfast program to help keep students nourished, full of energy and engaged in their school community.
New to Milton/Halton Hills:
Irma Coulson Public School has started off their Breakfast Program in 2016 with great success by engaging students in all aspects of the program. Dedicated staff, students, and volunteers feed up to 600 students three days per week and even hit the “cottages” outside before the bell rings! HOPES Milton has introduced a new morning meal program that has seen creative culinary combinations such as broccoli soup, homemade veggie pizzas and some of terrific salads increasing the fruit and veggie in-take for their students! George Kennedy School has expanded their programming to include a basket program to supplement their three day per week snack program which has elevated their volunteers to superhero level. Jean Vanier has continued to grow their breakfast program with the help of their community-oriented students who volunteer their time to help with the program and to serve their peers.
Our thanks and congratulations to all our new and expanding programs who have joined us! We believe that through the provision of healthy food, every student has the best chance for achieving academic success. During the 2014-2015 school year we partnered with the community to provide 178 SNPs in 110 schools. Our goal is to have a program in every school. We are getting close, but our work is not done; we are committed to reaching the remaining 35% of Halton schools over the next few years.
Will your school be next?
For more information on starting a HFFT Student Nutrition Program at your school, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.