Posted Thursday September 5, 2019


Over 23,000 students in Waterloo Region in 141 local schools will soon have daily access to healthy food at school again this school year thanks to the support of Nutrition for Learning, volunteers and donors.

By Brian Banks

Nutrition for Learning has been a local charity for over 21 years across Waterloo Region with a mission to support the overall wellbeing of students and their ability to learn by ensuring that every student can attend school well nourished. Nutrition for Learning looks forward to the future when all schools in Waterloo Region can operate a Student Nutrition Program that is universally accessible to all students at school.

Approximately 2,000 volunteers prepare and operate the Nutrition for Learning programs in the Waterloo Region District School Board, Waterloo Catholic District School Board and the French School Board. It is people like our Volunteer of the Year Cathy Pither at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School who ensure students have universal access to the nutritious food they need at school.

Student Nutrition programs at school play a major role in building a community of students that nurture the potential in each other with healthy food options for any hunger moment and offers an equal chance of success in the classroom for all children and youth. Teachers – Volunteers – Administrators see the impact in the classroom daily

At every grade level, classrooms are better places to learn when students have access to the food and nutrition they need. Students are more attentive, engaged and productive in the class and around the school. The entire community benefits when schools function at a higher level. Without the support of community volunteers and the contributions of many local donors we would not be able to provide the nutritious food needed every day in local schools.

Nutrition for Learning is partner of Student Nutrition Ontario (SNO) which is a network of 14 lead agencies and 39 community partnerships that exist to provide funding and support to healthy breakfast, snack and lunch programs across the province. With seed funding from the province of Ontario, SNO lead agencies and their partners work to support the success of local school nutrition programs. They are the unified voice that connects an extensive network, enabling students to eat, learn, and succeed.

Across Ontario over a million students will have access to healthy food at school again this school year thanks in part to the support of Student Nutrition Ontario (SNO) and their partners.

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