Student Nutrition Program

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. 

The Children’s Nutrition Network is the local contact group for OSNP London/Middlesex student nutrition programs. Our nutrition coordinator works directly with local programs and community partners to raise funds and awareness and to support over 80 nutrition programs in our region.

The CNN supports 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.

CNN London/Middlesex is directly affiliated with Investing in Children and in partnership with: OSNP, Middlesex-London Health Unit, City of London, LDCSB, TVDSB and London InterCommunity Heath Centre. 

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Ontario Student Nutrition Program London Middlesex

For questions or more information please contact
Amy Donaldson, BHSc, MPH
Amy.donaldson@von.ca
Cell: 226-235-4977
519-433-8996 ext 235

Important Links

OSNP's website

Canada's Food Guide

Student Nutrition Program Approved Prepackaged Brand Names

Student Nutrition Guidelines

Safe Food Handling 

London Community Foundation

Metro Green Apple Grant


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)

Major Partners

   The London Knights present a cheque to Investing in Children for $22,635.96 in support of our student nutrition programs.


The London Knights present a cheque to Investing in Children for $22,635.96 in support of our student nutrition programs.

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

  • London Knights

  • London and St. Thomas Association of Realtors (LSTAR) 

  • Maple Leaf Foods fund, a fund held within London Community Foundation

  • Power Stroller Fitness

  • Ikea

  • Brescia

  • CYN/HEHPA

  • Corus Radio

  • Cargill 


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, 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.


Please visit our blog, Apples for the Teacher, for updates and great ideas.

For more information, contact Amy Donaldson at Amy.donaldson@von.ca or by phone at 519-433-8996 ext. 235.