we believe that every student

should have access to healthy food during the school day


HFFT Broccoli
Halton Food for Thought has been feeding Halton students for over two decades.

    Our history isn’t uncommon; a grassroots group of people who identify a problem and come together to form a solution.  In this case, one of the strongest groups you can have behind your cause: Parents. These Parents noticed that not every child at school had food in their lunch box or that many kids had food that didn’t contain enough nutrients to fuel their minds and bodies for learning. In 1997, the parents came together and formed an advisory committee to oversee the first 6 official Student Nutrition Programs in Halton.  Fast forward to 2007, just ten years later, and HFFT became an incorporated, registered, charity with its own Board of Directors and 63 programs. As of July 2019, HFFT has partner programs in 130 schools, providing more than 79,000 Halton students access to healthy food at school.  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.


Our new Mission and Vision statements are the grounding force behind the work we do in the community and create momentum for the future.

  In the spring of 2014, we set out to revive the agency.  We wanted to realign ourselves with our cause and ensure all of our work was unified toward one goal. Our Mission and Vision are the core of our values and fuel all of our work in the community.


No student goes hungry at school.


In partnership with the community, we feed students healthy food so they can succeed.


HFFT Apple

Halton Food for Thought’s Core values not only demonstrate what we stand for as an organization, but also guide our work and impact in the community.

    With our new Mission and Vision statements in place, we wanted to rebuild the values by which we would strive to reach our goals.  The following values were chosen purposefully to represent our beliefs and actions as we work to see our vision become a reality.


We will use compassion, empathy and concern in our interactions at all levels and in our daily operations undertaking our Mission and Vision.


We affirm the dignity, the potential and the contributions of everyone involved in the agency both internally and externally.


We will not only pursue honorable initiatives, but we will conduct business in a way that is honest, transparent and ethical.

Student Success

We believe in the value of learning for all students and strive to provide opportunities for students to achieve their academic best. By feeding our children and youth we allow them to succeed academically, physically, mentally and socially.


We value partnership and collaboration as a means of reaching our vision.  We will enter into strong partnerships that will bring value to our mission and strengthen the community in which we serve.  

We Feed Kids!  Healthy Food!  Thousands Every Day!


Burlington Partner Schools (Elementary)

Halton Catholic District School Board

Ascension ES 
Canadian Martyrs ES 
Holy Rosary ES 
Sacred Heart of Jesus ES 
St. Christopher ES 
St. Elizabeth Seton ES 
St. Gabriel ES 
St. John ES 
St. Mark ES 
St. Patrick ES 
St. Paul ES 
St. Raphael ES 
St. Timothy ES

Halton District School Board

Alton Village PS 
Brant Hills PS 
Bruce T. Lindley PS 
Central PS 
C.H. Norton PS 
Charles R. Beaudoin PS 
Clarksdale PS 
Dr. Charles Best PS 
Florence Meares PS 
Frontenac PS 
Glenview PS 
King’s Road PS 
Lakeshore PS 
Maplehurst PS 
Mohawk Gardens PS 
Paul A. Fisher PS 
Pauline Johnson PS 
Pineland PS 
Rolling Meadows PS 
Ryerson PS 
Sir Ernest McMillan PS 
Tecumseh PS 
Tom Thomson PS 

Burlington Partner Schools (Secondary)

Halton Catholic District School Board

Assumption SS
Corpus Christi SS
Notre Dame SS

Halton District School Board

Aldershot HS
Burl. Central HS
Dr. Frank J. Hayden HS
Gary Allan HS – Burlington
M.M. Robinson HS
Nelson HS

To learn more about the Student Nutrition Program at your school, to volunteer, or donate contact info@haltonfoodforthought.com 

We Feed Kids! Healthy Food! Thousands Every Day!


Oakville Partner Schools (Elementary)

Halton Catholic District School Board

Holy Family ES
St. Andrew ES
St. Bernadette ES
St. Dominic ES
St. Gregory the Great ES
St. Joan of Arc ES
St. Luke ES
St. Matthew ES
St. Michael ES
St. Nicholas ES
St. Teresa of Calcutta ES

Halton District School Board

Abbey Lane PS
Brookdale PS
Eastview PS
Falgarwood PS
Heritage Glen PS

James W. Hill
Montclair PS
Oakwood PS
Oodenawi PS
Palermo PS
Pilgrim Wood PS
Pinegrove Ecole
Post’s Corners PS
River Oaks PS
Sheridan PS

Sunningdale PS

W.H. Morden PS
West Oak PS

Oakville Partner Schools (Secondary)

Halton Catholic District School Board

Holy Trinity SS
St. Ignatius of Loyola SS
St. Thomas Aquinas SS
Thomas Merton SS

Halton District School Board

Abbey Park HS
Garth Webb HS
Gary Allan HS – Oakville
Iroquois Ridge HS
Oakville Trafalgar HS
T.A. Blakelock HS
White Oaks HS
Gaeton Gervais

To learn more about the Student Nutrition Program at your school, to volunteer, or donate contact Carrie our Oakville Community Development Manager carrie@haltonfoodforthought.com

We Feed Kids! Healthy Food! Thousands Every Day!


Milton Partner Schools (Elementary)

Halton Catholic District School Board

Holy Rosary Milton ES

Lumen Christi ES
Our Lady of Fatima ES
Our Lady of Victory ES

St. Benedict ES
St. Peter ES
St. Scholastica ES

Halton District School Board

Ann J. MacArthur PS
Bruce Trail PS
E.W. Foster PS
Irma Coulson PS
J.M. Denyes PS
Martin Street PS

P.L. Robertson PS
Robert Baldwin PS
Sam Sherratt PS
Tiger Jeet Singh PS
Viola Desmond PS
W.I. Dick PS

Milton Partner Schools (Secondary)

Halton Catholic District School Board

Bishop P.F. Reding SS
St.  Francis Xavier SS
Thomas Merton SS

Halton District School Board

Craig Kielburger HS
Gary Allan HS – Milton
Milton District HS

To learn more about the Student Nutrition Program at your school, to volunteer, or donate contact Maureen our Milton / Halton Hills  Community Development Manager maureen@haltonfoodforthought.com

We Feed Kids! Healthy Food! Thousands Every Day!


Halton Hills Partner Schools (Elementary)

Halton Catholic District School Board

Holy Cross ES
St. Frances of Assisi ES
St. Joseph Acton ES

Halton District School Board

Centennial PS
Ethel Gardiner PS
George Kennedy PS
Glen Williams PS
Harrison PS
Joseph Gibbons PS
Limehouse PS
McKenzie-Smith Bennett PS
Pineview PS
Stewarttown PS

Halton Hills Partner Schools (Secondary)

Halton Catholic District School Board

Christ the King SS

Halton District School Board

Acton District HS
Gary Allan HS -HH
Georgetown District HS

To learn more about the Student Nutrition Program at your school, to volunteer, or donate contact Maureen our Milton / Halton Hills Community Development Manager maureen@haltonfoodforthought.com

Halton Food for Thought By-Laws 

Peter McAdam, Chair

Peter McAdam

Peter brings over 35 years of Banking and Human Resources expertise, developed over a rewarding career with TD Bank Financial Group where he held Vice President roles in many diverse Businesses including Corporate Human Resources, Business Banking & Insurance, Compliance & Regulatory Services and Commercial Banking. Peter is now an Executive Coach and Senior Consultant at Felix Global Corp. where he works closely with clients in large and medium sized corporations to develop and execute customized talent management solutions and engage in HR support assignments that include executive coaching, career transition and conflict resolution.  A husband, father and proud resident of Oakville, Peter is an active supporter of local United Way campaigns, a past Board Member for United Way Oakville and is past Chair of the Oakville United Way Community Impact Cabinet.

Leigh-Ann Justice, Vice-Chair 

Leigh-Ann Justice is a Public Affairs, Government Relations and Corporate Communications Consultant, helping high profile business executives, public officials and community leaders manage and promote their brand. Prior to starting her own business she held leadership roles in the private and political sectors. Leigh-Ann is from Hamilton and lives in Burlington with her family. Leigh-Ann joined the Board of Directors of Halton Food for Thought in April 2014.

Maria Thomas, Board Member    


Maria Thomas

Maria Thomas is a Vice Principal with the Halton Catholic District School.  In her years as a teacher in Milton, Oakville, and Burlington, Maria has experienced the value the food from HFFT delivers and the direct impact HFFT programs provide to student success both socially and emotionally as well as academic achievement overall.  Maria is a firm believer that every student deserves to learn on a full stomach and that no child should be concerned by hunger especially at school.  Maria, her husband and her two daughters live in Burlington, around the corner from her childhood home.

John Pullen, Board Member     

John Pullen

John has been actively involved in supporting students’ needs during his career. Through many years of coaching sports and working with student youth groups, he has directly observed the great contributions and success kids can achieve with the support of a nurturing environment that works to reduce the barriers which many will face during their lives. John has two daughters in post graduate university studies and shares time between Dundas and Milton with his partner. He has worked in the Halton District School Board for over a decade as an administrator and is currently the Principal of King’s Road Public School in Burlington. Previously John worked as an environmental chemist in the GTA prior to his transition to teaching.

Meaghan Longfield, Board Member 

Meaghan Longfield

Meaghan Longfield is a solicitor specializing in corporate law, and has experience working with businesses in various sectors including retail, technology and non-profit. Meaghan works part time as a lawyer with the Longfield family law practice, and is also a stay-at-home Mom. Prior to entering the field of law, Meaghan worked in corporate finance for General Mills, and was actively involved in their school breakfast program in partnership with the United Way. Meaghan grew up in Burlington, and now resides in Milton with her husband and two young sons. Meaghan joined the Board of Directors of Halton Food for Thought in November 2018.  

Arlette Edmunds, Board Member 

Arlette Edmunds

Arlette is an accomplished Human Resources Executive with more than 20 years of experience leading the people agenda for large global corporates in the financial industry. She is a passionate business leader with a track record of helping leaders deliver talent mandates that enhance growth and profitability, with a focus on the employee experience and a commitment to long-term, sustainable improvement.  Arlette studied business administration at Seneca College in Toronto and has her post-diploma in Human Resources. She lives in Oakville with her husband and three children where she spends her downtime playing women’s soccer, co-ed softball with her husband.  Previous to her time on the Board of Directors at Halton Food for Thought, Arlette was a Director on the Board of the Oakville Soccer Club, where she also served as the Governance Committee Chair.   

Joanne Jones, Board Member 

Joanne Jones

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 Thoughts in August 2020.

Kathy Whyte Rowland, Board Member 

Kathy Whyte Rowland

Kathy built a very successful career in the fast-paced environment of high-tech, acquiring considerable senior management and operations experience. While at Celestica she managed large strategic accounts, with overall responsibility for customer satisfaction, financials, and global operational performance (overseeing sites across North America and Asia).  During her years at BlackBerry she led business process improvements and successful integration between cross-functional teams.  Since leaving high-tech to raise her children, Kathy has been an active volunteer in her community; including schools, Kerr Street Mission and Mentoring Moms.  She is currently the Director of Operations for Mentoring Moms, an inspiring non-profit organization supporting low-income women.  Kathy, her husband, and two sons live in Oakville.

Kevin Hutchinson, Board Member 

Kevin Hutchinson

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 Thoughts in August 2020.

Pierre Lebel, Board Member 

Pierre Lebel

Pierre is CEO of Rzultz – a boutique management consulting firm specializing in business and leadership performance.   Pierre supports and advises entrepreneurs, CEOs, and executives across North America to transform their businesses through business and people strategies, and in turn, their business results.  Before Rzultz, Pierre was the Managing Partner of an executive development firm for CEOs / COOs / Entrepreneurs and he was accountable for strategy, sales, national advisory services, client relationship management, and operations of a multi-million-dollar business.   Pierre has worked on the world stage with fortune 500 companies to ramp up their success by giving them the tools to plot, navigate, measure, and achieve better business results. Having worked in the corporate world as a Chief Operating Officer, business performance leader in government, a former journalist and newspaper editor and director on several non-profit Boards, Pierre brings a powerful collection of insights and experiences to help organizations become the best that they can be.

Steve Cussons, Board Member 

Steve Cussons

As Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Mini Giants, and General Manager Digital Edge Print and Media Services Ltd., Steve has taken the path less traveled, mixed with perseverance and a few pivots along the road to success. Steve’s diverse entrepreneurial pursuits and extensive scale-up experience enables him to see things differently.  As a connector of ideas and accelerated by grit, Steve lives in a world of infinite possibilities always driven to push the limits of, well, everything.  Introspective and intuitive by nature, Steve remains balanced with a keen interest and a desire to contribute to society.  As a husband, father of two and a proud member of the Aldershot community, Steve Chairs the Aldershot School Council, is a dedicated program volunteer with their HFFT Breakfast Program,  HFFT Breakfast Bash Committee Member and most recently brings his passion to HFFT’s Board of Directors. 

Name: Carrie Baillie

Carrie Baillie

HFFT Role: Oakville Community Development Manager

HFFT team member since: Feb 2012 MY HFFT History: 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. Favourite HFFT Mascot and why: My favourite HFFT Mascot is Abi Apple because apples are one of my favourite snacks.  I also see apples as the most diverse food item used in all three of our programs. They are served at breakfast programs, used in classroom bins and served on snack trays. Apples are very good for you and include a great source of soluble fibre along with vitamin A and C. Finally who can resist the name Abi Apple chosen by Oakwood School!

Name: Maureen McLaughlin

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HFFT Mascots

HFFT Role: Halton Hills & Milton Community Development Manager

HFFT team member since: May 2009  

Name: Nancy Rumple

Nancy Rumple

HFFT Role: Director of Communications and Development

HFFT team member since: Jan 2016 My HFFT History: 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”! Favourite HFFT Mascot and why: My favourite HFFT Mascot is Ollie Orange because when I was a child my family owned a rabbit we named Ollie. You can imagine my surprise when our rabbit became momma to baby rabbits! We quickly changed momma’s “official name” to Olivia, though she will always be Ollie to me! And… who can resist a name like Ollie – it’s just fun to say! Try saying Ollie Orange 5 times quickly?!?    

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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.