Ontario Student Nutrition Program
Hectic morning routines, early sports practices, long bus rides and financial difficulties can all prevent students from arriving to school nourished and ready to learn. We believe that every student can benefit from having access to nutritious food at school and that these programs should be open to everyone.
The Ontario Student Nutrition Program (OSNP) provides funding and a network of support to help schools across the province implement a healthy snack, breakfast or meal program for students in their community. The funding is funnelled through the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and goes to 15 lead agencies across the province. In Southwestern Ontario, the lead agency is The Victorian Order of Nurses.
Formerly known as the Children’s Nutrition Network, OSNP London/Middlesex is the local contact group for student nutrition programs in London and Middlesex County. Our nutrition coordinator works directly with local programs and the community to raise funds and awareness, and to support over 80 nutrition programs in our region.
We support the nutrition programs by assisting with start up, accessing additional funding through the ministry and other local funding sources, and by supporting a community-wide network of schools and agencies that provide programs, resource materials and training workshops for programs and volunteers.
OSNP London/Middlesex is directly affiliated with Investing in Children and in partnership with: Middlesex-London Health Unit, The May Court Club of London, City of London, LDCSB, TVDSB and London InterCommunity Heath Centre.
Did You Know?
- Only 1 in 8 children in Ontario meet the daily recommendations for fruit and vegetables. (Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ontario Survey, 2009)
- An alarming 1 in 5 children in London live in poverty. (Statistics Canada, 2010)
- Nearly 1 in 3 children in Ontario are overweight or obese, a rate that has tripled over the past 25 years. (Heart and Stroke Foundation, 2006)
- Almost 1 in 2 children will be at an unhealthy weight by 2040, and up to 70% of today's children will be overweight or obese adults. (London-Middlesex Health Unit, The Healthy Kids Panel, 2013)
- Skipping breakfast actually increases the risk of becoming overweight or obese. (Statistics Canada)
- The Nutrition Food Basket Survey consistently shows that people with low incomes do not have adequate funds to afford healthy eating after meeting other essential needs for basic living. (Middlesex-London Health Unit, The Real Cost of Eating Well in Middlesex-London, 2013)
Thank you to our partners, whose support helps us provide a healthy meal or snack to over 10,000 students every year!
Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Dad Club London
London and St. Thomas Association of Realtors (LSTAR)
Maple Leaf Foods fund, a fund held within London Community Foundation
Power Stroller Fitness
Additional Nutrition Programs
Summer Breakfast Program
The Summer Breakfast Program serves nutritious breakfasts to children at eight City of London Summer Playground Programs in East London two days per week.
This program is possible due to the generosity of our partners, City of London, Ontario Early Years Centre London Fanshawe, May Court Club of London, London InterCommunity Health Centre, Family Centre Argyle, London Public Library and Valley View Mennonite Church. We would also like to thank Turner's Farm Market and Adrian’s No Frills Store 03453 who provide low-cost food and fruit for the program.
St. Robert's Snack Program
Already running for seven years, St. Robert's snack program serves a healthy snack consisting of two food groups to the entire school of 260 students on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The program runs from 9:00am to 11:30am. Labelled snack baskets are prepared and delivered to each classroom before morning recess. Students return the baskets when class is done and volunteers clean and prep for the next snack day.