Start a Program
If you’re interested in starting a student nutrition program at your school, here are some tips:
Talk to your school principal – your school might already have a program, and if it doesn’t, getting the principal on board is a great place to start.
- Talk to your parent council, they can be a wonderful source of support for your student nutrition program.
- Identify parents, staff and community members who might be able to help your program with food preparation, shopping, donations and fundraising.
- Consider getting older students involved – this can be a wonderful leadership opportunity!
- Contact the Community Development Coordinator for your area who can provide information things like completing your application, budgeting, menu planning, recruiting volunteers, and handling food safely.
Volunteers are the foundation of our programs – they show up day-in and day-out, making a lasting impact on the futures of children. Site Coordinators and their teams ensure that nutritious foods are enjoyed by everyone, each day.
Student nutrition programs in Central Eastern Ontario proudly enjoy the support of approximately 8000 volunteers annually. These volunteers include:
- Seniors whose presence fosters intergenerational relationships, missing in many children’s lives.
- High school students who earn hours towards their secondary school community service requirements while gaining real-life experience working with children and getting to know their community.
- Employees whose businesses or organizations offer flex or paid time to volunteer at a student nutrition program.
- Parents and other family members who support the programs at the beginning of their days
Many communities welcome visitors to their student nutrition programs. To arrange a visit or to offer the gift of your time, please contact your area’s Community Development Coordinator or contact your local school directly.