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About Food for Learning

The Food for Learning Steering Committee was established to provide funding and support to student nutrition programs

within Hastings & Prince Edward Counties.

The mandate the Food for Learning Steering Committee is:

  • to provide a central forum where schools with identified needs can share information and discuss ideas

          and concerns relating to student nutrition programs

  • to provide a mechanism to receive financial assistance and allocate support to student nutrition programs

           where appropriate

  • to facilitate co-ordination of current and future initiatives related to student nutrition.

The objectives of the Food for Learning Steering Committee are:

  • to provide a source of nutrition to those students who are in need of a supplement to their diet
  • to strive at all times to ensure the dignity of students who access the program


Why Offer Student Nutrition Programs?

Over 30% of elementary school students and over 60% of secondary school students attend school without eating breakfast. Numerous studies have proven that when children are provided with the proper nutrition, there is an impact on their cognition, behavior and academic performance. These studies have produced evidence that poorly nourished children do not make the same intellectual and social gains in a learning environment. Children with poor eating habits can exhibit low energy, are late or absent more frequently, may be more prone to be apathetic, disinterested, irritable, have poor concentration, low self-esteem and poorer social skills.

It is our desire that each child is attending school with the same opportunities for learning and social development. The Food for Learning Committee works directly with the school community to determine the needs of the children in each participating school.

Types of Student Nutrition Programs

Each school determines which type of program they would like to offer: a breakfast program, healthy snack program or lunch program.

The breakfast programs involve volunteers who go to the school each morning to prepare and serve breakfast to the children who attend. There are no requirements for attending a breakfast club, no questions asked. Any child who wishes to drop in for breakfast is welcome.

Schools who choose to offer a healthy snack program provide snack options to children who may need a supplement to their meals. In most schools, a bin of healthy snacks is placed in each classroom, which the children can access through the classroom teacher.  In some cases, the bin is kept in a central location (the office, resource room, guidance, etc.) where the students can drop by and get a healthy snack when required.

Lunch programs are provided in schools where there is a need to feed children midday. Everyday there are children who are attending school without a lunch or sometimes, they forget their lunch. These schools ensure

that these children are provided with a healthy lunch to ensure that their energy level and ability to focus is maintained throughout the school day.

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Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario Canada K8N 3L3
Toll-free: +1 800 267-4350
Phone: +1 613 966-1170
Fax: +1 613 961-2003

© Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
2007 All rights reserved