About Halton
Food for Thought

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We give Halton students access to nourishing food and support, creating healthier tomorrows for all.
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The Core Values That go Into Our Work

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  • Student Success One Healthy Student Tummy at a Time.

  • Universal Access is Key.

  • Nutritious Fuel

About Us

Our History

Launched in 1997 and incorporated as a registered charity in 2007, HFFT has been giving Halton students consistent access to healthy food for over two decades.

Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission and Vision are the core of our values and fuel all of our work in the community. In partnership with the community, we feed students healthy food so they can succeed. We believe in a Halton Region where no student goes hungry at school!

Our Future

Feeding kids is the foundation of our programs, but with the help of our partners, building a stronger community is what we have become very good at doing.

We feed kids everyday

Student success one healthy student tummy at a time.

When given access to nutritious fuel at school every student has their best chance for success!

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We feed kids
every day!

let us do our thing

Universal Access is Key


Halton Food for Thought is the sole provider of Student Nutrition Programs in Halton. Our programs are universal in nature meaning all Elementary and Secondary students in our partner schools are encouraged to participate.

Let us do
our thing!

No child will
go hungry!

no child will go hungry!

Nutritious Fuel

All Halton Food for Thought programs follow Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services Program and Nutrition Guidelines. Our programs reflect Canada's Food Guide which includes 3 food groups (vegetables & fruits, protein, and grains) ensuring the food students receive properly fuels their busy day.

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Founding Story

What began with food programs at 6 Halton schools in 1997 has now evolved to 130+schools in Halton programs in every Halton school, ensuring that no student in the region goes hungry at school.

Along with our community partners and army of volunteers, we are able to nourish and nurture generations of students. We know that nutrition is essential to their success and that habits established in childhood set the foundation for healthy behaviours in adulthood.

Our work is even more crucial, given that Canada remains one of the few industrialized countries with out a national school food program. As a result, access to proper nutrition is inconsistent and systems rely mainly on ‘patchwork’ solutions.

Let us do
our thing!

let us do our thing

Our History

Launched in 1997 and incorporated as a registered charity in 2007, HFFT has been giving Halton students consistent access to healthy food for over two decades.

Find out more...
no child will go hungry!

Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission and Vision are the core of our values and fuel all of our work in the community. In partnership with the community, we feed students healthy food so they can succeed. We believe in a Halton Region where no student goes hungry at school.

Let us do
our thing!

Find out more...Our Team
We feed kids everyday

Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission and Vision are the core of our values and fuel all of our work in the community. In partnership with the community, we feed students healthy food so they can succeed. We believe in a Halton Region where no student goes hungry at school!

Find out more...

We feed kids
every day!

Let us do
our thing!

let us do our thing

Our Future


Feeding kids is the foundation of our programs, but with the help of our partners, building a stronger community is what we have become very good at doing.

Find out more...

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Our Staff Team

Along with our Staff Team, we have over 2,100 volunteers (including 1,060 students) and dozens of community partners who all work together to feed students in their communities.

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Nancy Rumple
Executive Director
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Devon Evershed
Director of Philanthropy and Communications
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Carrie Baillie
Oakville Community Development Manager
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Maureen McLaughlin
Halton Hills & Milton Community Development Manager
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Our Staff Team

Joanne Jones

Board Chair

HFFT Member Since: August, 2020

Prasad Samala

Board Vice Chair

HFFT Member Since: November 2021

Kevin Hutchinson

Treasurer

HFFT Member Since: August, 2020

Annita Pospisil

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: July 2021

Chelsea Bristow

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: September 2022

Jay Michael Poitras

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: September 2022

Katherine Aikenhead

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: October, 2022

Kimberly Bowman

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: October, 2022

Daniel P. McKeown

Secretary

HFFT Member Since: September 2022

Brett Moodie

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: October 2023

Lisa Cadotte

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: March, 2024

Eleanor Ramuscak

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: May 2024

Mary Osborne

Burlington Community Development Manager

I truly believe that food has the power to bring people together and ignite conversations. I love that Halton Food for Thought creates the opportunity for students to do that in a healthy and positive way. I am so grateful to join the team, and support the schools and volunteers committed to fuelling the next generation

Joanne Jones

Board Chair

HFFT Member Since: August, 2020

Joanne, Director of the Urology Resource Centre, and Chair of the Hamilton / Burlington Bladder Cancer Canada Walk is also actively involved with the Joseph Brant Foundation assisting on a number of committee events. Joanne has spent a decade in executive recruitment for companies within Consumer-Packaged Goods, Medical Sales, and the Marketing Field. Joanne, a long time long-time resident of Burlington with her husband and three young children is passionate about advocating for the health and safety of children, is Board Vice Chair at Pearson Co-op Preschool, is a member of parent council for Glenview Public School. Joanne joined the Board of Directors of Halton Food for Thought in August 2020.

Prasad Samala

Board Vice Chair

HFFT Member Since: November 2021

Prasad is a strategic technology executive with 20 years of progressive experience in leadership roles delivering a broad range of technology solutions to various industries including Financial Services, Utilities, Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Automotive, and Energy industries. Currently, Prasad works at Google and is passionate about how Digital Engineering & Cloud Computing can redefine business models and transform industries. Prior to joining Google, he spent 2 years at DXC Technology and about 7 years as a Partner & Senior Director at CGI in Toronto. Prasad’s previous experiences include providing technology solutions and services to large Health Insurance clients with numerous award-winning deliveries. He also ran strategy consulting practice for a boutique management consulting firm in Toronto, specializing in business consulting for top 5 Canadian banks. His personal passion is to find ways of giving back to the community. In the past, he led initiatives such as STEM for children and Women in Technology. He holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering and an MBA degree from Ivey Business School, Canada. He resides in Oakville with his wife. He joined the Board of Directors of Halton Food for Thought in 2021.

Kevin Hutchinson

Treasurer

HFFT Member Since: August, 2020

Kevin is the Vice President of Investment Finance at Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) where he is responsible for leading all activities supporting the valuation and analysis of OMERS infrastructure and private equity portfolios. Prior to joining OMERS, Kevin was a Partner within the Valuation Services Advisory Group at KPMG LLP in Toronto. In this role, he provided valuation services to both public and private companies for various purposes, including financial reporting, fairness opinions, M&A transactions, and corporate tax planning. Kevin is a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA), Chartered Business Valuator (CBV), and holds the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) professional designation. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators. Kevin grew up in Barbados and now resides in Oakville with his wife and daughter. He joined the Board of Directors of Halton Food for Thought in August 2020.

Annita Pospisil

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: July 2021

Annita has over 24 years of experience in the financial services industry where she has held several leadership roles and was responsible for the financial reporting and planning processes. In her current role at RBC as a Senior Commercial Account Manager, she manages a large portfolio of Commercial banking clients which are comprised of privately held and publicly traded companies across the retail and consumer services industry. Prior to joining RBC, Annita worked at Ernst & Young in the audit and tax groups. Annita is a Chartered Accountant (CPA,CA). Annita lives in Oakville with her husband and two children and is very passionate about giving back to the community. She was a member of the parent council for St. Mary Catholic Elementary School

Chelsea Bristow

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: September 2022

Chelsea is a Registered Nurse with over 15 years of experience in healthcare, patient advocacy, and health promotion. Her nursing experience ranges from specialized transplant and surgical care to executive health management and discharge coordination. Additionally, she spent three years nursing in Leeds, United Kingdom where she was head nurse and sat on the leadership in practice, and health and safety committees. More recently, she joined the pandemic response and administered COVID vaccinations to the Halton community. In her spare time, she is the parent volunteer coordinator for the Healthy Snack Program and sits on parent council at Glenview Public School. As a Burlington resident with her husband and two young children, Chelsea hopes to make a positive contribution to her community.

Jay Michael Poitras

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: September 2022

Jay Poitras has worked with children and youth since his first job as a summer camp counsellor thirty years ago. Over the last three decades Jay has supported young people in community, residential, clinical and school settings. The bulk of his teaching career was in special education with the Peel District School Board. He has been an administrator with the Halton District School Board since 2015 and is currently the proud principal of Pauline Johnson Public School in Burlington. In both his employment and other volunteer work, Jay is a strong advocate for improving access to healthy food and helping to strengthen communities through food and nutrition programs.

Katherine Aikenhead

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: October, 2022

Katherine has spent over almost two decades immersed in the world of Real Estate and Corporate legal administration. Starting her career working in-house for a development and property management firm in Saskatchewan, Katherine was working with complex corporate structure and drafting intricate leases for a variety of properties including both office, retail and new construction. Moving back to Ontario, Katherine moved into a role downtown Toronto analyzing leases for major landlords and tenants across Canada, offering solutions to maximize profits in their portfolios. When the commute became too much in 2017, she decided to launch her own consulting firm, Jensen Consulting, and offered her expertise as a consultant to help landlords and tenants across North America with drafting and auditing their Commercial Leases. While running her own business Katherine had the time to spend volunteering as the program coordinator for the program at her son’s school. Jensen Consulting’s client portfolio grew to included national brands such as Barburrito, Chopped Leaf, Crock a Doodle, as well as a variety of local tenants and smaller Landlords. When Barburrito asked Katherine to join in house in 2020 it was an opportunity she couldn’t refuse and now sits as Vice President of Legal Affairs for the company overseeing the legal department. Katherine has been involved in several different charities across Halton in various fundraising capacities and looks forward to helping grow the donor base for the program.

Kimberly Bowman

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: October, 2022

Kimberly is a strategy and evaluation specialist with over fifteen years of progressive experience in nonprofits and social enterprises, in Canada and internationally. She has worked as a technical advisor to social impact programs in North America, Asia and Europe, led policy and public engagement for leading Canadian charities and managed applied research projects for a policy institute at Toronto Metropolitan University. She currently works in-house in planning and evaluation for a leading social enterprise. Kimberly holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and a Master of Science in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics. Kimberly grew up in Milton and Oakville and now makes her home in Burlington with her school-aged son. She joined the Board of Directors for Food for Thought in 2022.

Daniel P. McKeown

Secretary

HFFT Member Since: September 2022

Born and raised in Burlington, Dan studied English and History at McMaster, obtained his M.A. in 2004 and then went on to law school at Queen’s University. After law school in 2007, Dan articled at the Ottawa Police Service and was called to the Bar in June 2008. Dan then practiced in family law at the Ottawa firm of Augustine Bater Binks LLP. In 2013, Dan returned to his hometown of Burlington and opened a sole law practice where he continued to practice family law. In 2015, Dan became a Member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada where he sat as an adjudicator for refugee claims. In 2021 he joined the Immigration Division where he now presides over detention reviews and admissibility hearings. Dan is the Chair of Parent Council at Glenview Public School, and in his spare time you might find him coaching or playing hockey around the Burlington rinks.

Brett Moodie

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: October 2023

Lisa Cadotte

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: March, 2024

Lisa brings over 25 years of experience in the Health and Wellness industry, with a diverse background encompassing healthcare, teaching, and public education. Currently serving as a leader at the Halton District School Board, she spearheads initiatives and leads a team to support employee health and wellness, showcasing her dedication to fostering well-being within the workplace. Beyond her professional endeavors, Lisa is deeply committed to giving back to her community. Her board experience extends to serving on the regulatory body and as a director for the Ontario Association of School Business Officials Board of Directors, where she leverages her expertise to drive impactful change. Residing in Burlington with her husband and two teenage children. She was appointed to the Board of Directors of Halton Food for Thought in March 2024.

Eleanor Ramuscak

Board Member

HFFT Member Since: May 2024

Eleanor is a lawyer with 16 years of experience in administrative law and litigation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy and Sociology and a law degree. As a mother of four, she has an interest in helping children in Halton, particularly in the area of nutrition and access to food. Over the last eight years, she has volunteered extensively for HaltonFood for Thought, running school programs, such as Healthy Food Bins, Healthy Food Bins Plus, and Salad Bar. As such, she brings an in-depth working knowledge of these programs to her role. She joined the Board of Directors in May 2024.

Nancy Rumple

Executive Director

HFFT Team Member since: January, 2016

I have always been involved in health and wellness both personally and professionally in one way shape or form. I am also passionate about education and empowerment. When the opportunity came about to combine these loves with enhancing the lives of children and youth within our community – there was no question, I knew where I needed to be! The more I learn about Halton Food for Thought’s partnerships within the community and local schools, the more passionate I become about ensuring “no student goes hungry at school”!

Devon Evershed

Director of Philanthropy and Communications

HFFT Team Member since: October 2023

Students should be able to focus on school and the day ahead, not experience the feeling of being hungry. I’m proud to be able to work for an organization that supports students across Halton to achieve their best through healthy and nutritious meals and snacks through our universal access Student Nutrition Programs. Being able to work in and support the community I grew up in is inspiring and I look forward to sharing our stories and the impact our programs have through our partner schools across Halton.

Carrie Baillie

Oakville Community Development Manager

HFFT Team Member since: February, 2012

I have always been interested in nutrition and eating healthy so when I heard about all the great things Halton Food For Thought was doing I knew I had to be part of the team! I love being in the programs every week and seeing the difference it makes having food available to all students. There are so many reasons kids are not eating enough healthy food and I am fortunate to be able to help ensure “no student goes hungry at school” as part of my job every day.

Maureen McLaughlin

Halton Hills & Milton Community Development Manager

HFFT Team Member since: May, 2009

Shaz Wall

Burlington Community Development Manager

HFFT Team Member since: August, 2023

My passion for food literacy and student success motivates me to create a brighter future for the incredible students of Burlington. I'm so exited about collaborating with schools and community volunteers to have a positive impact on student success. I look forward to working with school administration and volunteers to create programs that perfectly fit each school's unique needs. I love visiting schools and providing valuable training, keeping them informed about all the exciting programs HFFT has to offer.

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What began with food programs at 6 Halton schools in 1997 has now evolved to 130+schools in Halton programs in every Halton school, ensuring that no student in the region goes hungry at school.

Along with our community partners and army of volunteers, we are able to nourish and nurture generations of students. We know that nutrition is essential to their success and that habits established in childhood set the foundation for healthy behaviours in adulthood.

Our work is even more crucial, given that Canada remains one of the few industrialized countries with out a national school food program. As a result, access to proper nutrition is inconsistent and systems rely mainly on ‘patchwork’ solutions.

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