Ontario to Invest $5 Million in Student Nutrition Programming | A Statement from SNO
Today, the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Hon. Michael Parsa and the Minister of Education, Hon. Stephen Lecce announced an additional $5 million investment in Ontario’s Student Nutrition Program and the First Nations Student Nutrition Program (read news release here).
The investment comes at a critical time, as food prices continue to rise and healthy and nutritious food becomes less affordable to families across the province. The need for student nutrition programs is at an all-time high with more children and youth participating than ever before.
To build on their investment, the Government of Ontario has partnered with SNO and several other organizations (Breakfast Club of Canada, The Schad Foundation, and the Grocery Foundation) to launch the Healthy Students Brighter Ontario campaign, which will help fundraise the remaining $5 million needed. We are so very grateful for the commitment and hard work of the partners who have already helped raise $1.67 million for this campaign with support from The Arrell Family Foundation, Peter Gilgan Foundation, Maple Leaf Foods and the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security, The Honourable Margaret McCain, and The Sprott Foundation.
To get involved and contribute to a brighter future for our children and for our province, visit our donation page. You can also learn more about the Healthy Students, Brighter Ontario Campaign here. Organizations and businesses that want to get involved can contact Student Nutrition Ontario.