About the Food Sharing Project
The Food Sharing Project is an attempt on the part of interested groups and individuals to ensure that children do not go through their school day hungry.
The Food Sharing Project is an example of an ideal model, as a partnership among the four School Boards (Limestone District, Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, and Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est), many community groups, businesses, service clubs, and individuals working together to feed children in schools.
The Food Sharing Project is supported by the Ontario Student Nutrition Program, which provides core funding for food and administrative support. This is supplemented by contributions from local and national foundations, the local United Way, and the very generous support of individuals, families, corporations, school councils and many others.
In the 2018-19 school year, over 16,000 students were fed by our programs, located in 87 schools and off site locations in Kingston, Frontenac County, and Lennox and Addington County. Thousands of students are fed daily. This is done through organized breakfast, early morning meal, lunch and/or hearty snack programs to meet the specific needs of their school communities. Children are invited to eat and interact with others at school in a clean, relaxed, friendly, low- key program. Meal programs are accessible to any and all children.
Should children be fed at school? Schools are involved in encouraging the social, emotional, academic and physical growth of children. This food sharing effort addresses an area of physical need that exists for many families for a variety of reasons. The program does not pretend to solve the problems that lead to hungry and malnourished children. Rather, it attempts to provide support for children who are victims of circumstances beyond their control. Efforts are made to avoid stigma and to keep participation voluntary and non-threatening.
In The Schools
- The Food Sharing Project works in conjunction with each school to provide the optimal program. A volunteer, from the school staff, parents or community, is required to oversee the program, schedule volunteers, and place the weekly food and paper products order.
- Provincially mandated Nutritional Guidelines are used to select the nutritious foods offered on the order form.
- Children who participate in the program are encouraged to assist with the clean-up of their area and are expected to meet standards of courtesy and behaviour while there.
- Programs serve varying numbers, from three to school-wide. Staff within schools encourage children whom they feel will benefit from the program to attend. However, no student is ever turned away if they are interested or hungry. The program is advertised in the school newsletters as well.
Learn More About the Food Sharing Project
Tim Brown, Executive Director
The Importance of Community Partners
Brenda Moore, Chairperson