we feed kids

 We feed kids.  Healthy Food.  Thousands Every Day.

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 operate Student Nutrition Programs in our schools.  These volunteer led meal and snack programs provided over 86,000 Halton students access to healthy food at school.  Halton Food for Thought believes that when given access to healthy food, every student has their best chance for 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 partner 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 Children, Community and Social Services and offer nutritious food 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 for success.  We want kids to reach their full potential and lead healthy, active lives.

COVID 19:

Halton Food for Thought (HFFT) is dedicated to feeding the success of our students, one healthy, happy student tummy at a time. 

In partnership with the Halton Catholic District School Board and the Halton District School Board HFFT will continue to adapt to ensure healthy food is available to students during the school day in accordance with Public Health, safe food handling and Ministry of Education guidelines.   

SPRING 2022 HFFT PROGRAM UPDATE:

It’s hard to believe students have reached March Break and shortly thereafter will be heading towards the finish line for the 2021-2022 academic year! What a year it’s been thus far.

HFFT Student Nutrition Programs are also looking to finish up the year on a strong note. Although there’s been many ‘twists and turns’ along the road, HFFT along with our partner schools continues to ensure our Healthy Food Bin programs remain safe and universally accessible to our Halton students. 

Healthy Food Bins have become common place in schools over the past year. Bins are located in classrooms and/or key areas around the school to promote student access, appropriate physical distancing, minimized congregation and ensure safe controlled distribution.

The bins are filled with a variety of nutritious, pre-packaged, non-perishable food items that meet or exceed MCCSS Nutrition Guidelines.

In alignment with COVID guidelines, including visitor and volunteer access school principals, administrators and teachers have really stepped up to help support the execution of Healthy Food Bin programs on a weekly basis. One great example of that is Fiona Jameson, Senior Secretary at George Kennedy PS. Fiona has been a true leader ordering, filling and tracking the program all year long on top of her regular school duties and responsibilities. Thank you, Fiona!  We salute all school volunteers that exist within the Halton school community

When we feed kids at school, we are offering them their best chance for success.

Our programs

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  In response to COVID HFFT has adapted to provide students safe reliable access to healthy food at school via the Healthy Food Bin Program for the 2021-2022 school year.

The chart below is reflective of various Student Nutrition Program options available during a typical school year.  We cannot wait to return to more varied options when safe and appropriate to do so.  Please see above for a description of our current Healthy Food Bin Program.

 

 

Program Type

Delivery

Hours of Operation

Food Group Requirements

Breakfast

Breakfast Cart

Grab & Go

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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

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Offered before the bell rings.

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

Class Tray or

Morning Meal Cart

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

Students eat in classrooms.

 

Program Type

Delivery

Hours of Operation

Food Group Requirements

Healthy Bin

Classroom Bin

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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

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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.

 

Program Type Delivery Hours of Operation Food Group Requirements

Salad Bar Lunch

Similar to other weekly school programs where a sign-up process is required and a fee is charged- usually $3-$5 per service day.

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Offered during lunch break, normally in a communal area of the school for those students who have pre-registered Minimum of three food groups with one always being a fresh fruit/vegetable and another always being a milk/alternative

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.  1 in 3 students entering Kindergarten are considered overweight or obese.

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.