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

  • Aldershot PS
  • 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 
  • John T Tuck 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 HOPES
  • Gary Allan HS 
  • 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. John Paul II 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
    Forest Trail PS
  • Heritage Glen PS
  • James W. Hill PS
    Montclair PS
    Oakwood PS
    Oodenawi PS
  • Orchard Park PS
    Palermo PS
    Pilgrim Wood PS
    Pinegrove Ecole PS
    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 
    Iroquois Ridge HS
    Oakville Trafalgar HS
    T.A. Blakelock HS
    White Oaks HS

Gaeton Gervais SS – Viamonde

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
  • Queen of Heaven ES
  • St. Benedict ES
    St. Peter ES
    St. Scholastica ES

Halton District School Board

  • Anne J MacArthur PS
  • Brookville PS
    Bruce Trail PS
    E.W. Foster PS
  • Hawthorne Village 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 HOPES
  • Gary Allan HS 
    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
  • Robert Little 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 
    Georgetown District HS

Open Doors / Off the Wall Youth Centre

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 


Leigh-Ann Justice, 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.

Kathy Whyte Rowland, Vice-Chair 

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.

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, Secretary

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.

Kevin Hutchinson, Board Member, Treasurer 

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.

Name: Nancy Rumple

Nancy Rumple

HFFT Role: Executive Director

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?!?  

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 Role: Halton Hills & Milton Community Development Manager

HFFT team member since: May 2009  


we are ready to learn boy


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.