we feed kids

 We feed kids.

That’s the short story.  In one form or another, Halton Food for Thought has been dedicated to ensuring that Halton students have access to healthy food for two decades.

Halton Food for Thought partners with the Boards of Education and the community to build Student Nutrition Programs in our schools.  These volunteer led meal and snack programs feed over 27,000 Halton students a week.  Halton Food for Thought believes that when given access to healthy food, every student has their best chance for academic success.

Students who eat healthy food during the school day are better prepared to focus on their studies and to achieve higher grades. Schools with Student Nutrition Programs report an increase in student achievement, increased attendance and a decrease in student suspensions and expulsions.

Without Halton Food for Thought’s programs, many students would go without food during the school day or would not be exposed to as many fresh fruits and vegetables.

Student Nutrition Programs in Ontario are overseen by the Ministry of Child and Youth Services and offer breakfasts and snacks to students during the school day.

Halton Food for Thought is the sole agency providing Student Nutrition Programs in Halton schools.  Our programs feed students from kindergarten to high school and are free of charge, to everyone in a school community.

Studies show that by feeding students in school, we not only give them the energy they need to learn, but also teach them healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.

We believe that when we feed kids at school, we are offering them their best chance at academic success.  We want kids to reach their full potential and lead healthy, active lives.

Our programs


Click HERE to see Student Nutrition Programs in Action

Review the chart below for descriptions and pictures outlining

the various Student Nutrition Program options available.

CLICK HERE for HFFT Student Nutrition Program Application


Program Type


Hours of Operation

Food Group Requirements


Breakfast Cart

Grab & Go


Accessible before school starts or at the bell.

Grab & Go / Breakfast Cart requires student to eat their nutritious food before class or during announcements

Minimum of three food groups with one always being a fresh fruit/vegetable and another always being a milk/alternative

Buffet Style

Sit Down Meal


Offered before the bell rings.

Sit Down / Buffet Style requires seating in a communal area.

Class Tray or

Morning Meal Cart


Accessible during morning nutrition break / recess or before 12pm.

Students eat in classrooms.


Program Type


Hours of Operation

Food Group Requirements

Healthy Bin

Classroom Bin


The rules may vary from school to school, however classroom bins are normally accessed before class or during nutrition breaks by students who need some extra nourishment.

Students eat in classrooms

Minimum of two food groups with one always being a fresh fruit/vegetable. Also offers healthy, non-perishable packaged items.

Bin Station


The rules may vary from school to school, however bin stations are accessible all day- before, during breaks or as needed.

Bin stations are located in key areas around the school i.e. office, student success room, gym, common rooms.

Students eat outside of classrooms in appropriate spaces around the school

In addition to Classroom Bin contents, Bin Stations may also include access to a refrigerator allowing cheese and yogurt to be offered.


Help Kids Live Free from Hunger

Looking for general student nutrition related information?

Halton Food for Thought Resources for a list of and links to a variety of resources.


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ready to learn kids

Yes! There are hungry students in Halton.

The fact is, 1 in 10 students arrive at school each day without enough food to sustain them throughout the day.  A staggering 6 in 10 high school students arrive at school without having eaten breakfast.

We know that kids are hungry for many different reasons so we don’t question why they may use our programs.  Our programs are safe and reliable sources of healthy food and allow students to enjoy the social aspects of sharing a meal with friends.