This week is Feed Tomorrow Week – the largest awareness campaign of its kind for student hunger and nutrition programs. One out of three children here in Toronto lives in poverty and over 817 school and community based Student Nutrition Programs (SNPs) provide over 205,000 nutritious meals every school day.
During Feed Tomorrow Week, proclaimed by the City of Toronto, the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, an independent registered charity that provides support to the students at schools across Toronto, will host events dedicated to feeding Toronto’s hungry students and nourishing hungry minds.
The week unites communities across Toronto in a common cause: to raise awareness about child hunger right here in our city and to raise money for the urgent needs of our children.
Staff, students, parents, grandparents, individuals, celebrity chefs, politicians, foundations, corporations and community members will come together during Feed Tomorrow Week to help build a better tomorrow for Toronto’s vulnerable children.
Founded in 1998, the Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS) is a registered charity. The TFSS is an independent, registered charitable organization dedicated to supporting Toronto District School Board (TDSB) children and helping remove barriers to their education.
In Toronto, one in every three children lives in poverty and 40% of all children come to school hungry each day. This can be as high as 68% in our most at-risk communities. Children and youth, though only 21% of the country’s population, make up 38% of those helped by free food programs and student nutrition programs.
Research shows that students who eat breakfast produce better grades, are healthier, have increased motivation, are 50% less likely to be suspended and less likely to miss school on a regular basis. 78% of secondary school students who eat breakfast on most days are on track for graduation.
A healthy breakfast for a child costs just $1.66. Canada is the only G7 country without a national school-based student nutrition program.