Student Nutrition Program

Student Nutrition Program

Student nutrition programs provide healthy meals and snacks to children and youth. Every day, 194,000 Toronto students participate in these breakfast, snack and lunch programs. Each student nutrition program is unique and a reflection of its community; they are operated in schools and community sites by volunteers and staff.

Student nutrition programs can't replace adequate income support, but they do:

  • Provide nutrients and energy so that students are ready to learn and participate in school.
  • Create healthier eating habits.
  • Help prevent obesity.
  • Support better scores in math, reading and science.

City of Toronto Funding for Student Nutrition Programs 

Unfortunately, at this time it is not possible to award a grant to all qualified applicants or to all programs that received a grant in the past.

The City of Toronto awards grants to some school communities to help them offer a healthy meal or snack to their students. The goal of the grant is to help programs serve healthier foods and operate more days a week.


  • Funding covers only a small portion of total program costs and is based on individual program needs.
  • Most funding for programs comes from parental contributions and local fundraising.

Proof That Student Nutrition Programs Improve Learning

Student nutrition programs are a cost effective way to promote health and learning among students. Take a look at these reports describing student nutrition programs in Toronto and other cities.