About the Food Sharing Project
The Food Sharing Project is a registered Canadian charitable organization that began in 1982 as a response by interested groups and individuals to ensure that children do not go through their school day hungry. Volunteers delivered food to local schools to ensure students had free access to healthy food – it all began with a box of oranges in the trunk of car.
The Food Sharing Project has grown now to become an efficient model that is a partnership with the four local public school boards that serve Kingston, Frontenac County and Lennox and Addington County (Limestone District School Board, Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, and Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est).
The Food Sharing Project is a partner in 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 United Way serving KFL&A, 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 our region – 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. Students are invited to eat and interact with others at school in a safe, stigma-free and caring environment program. Meal programs are accessible to any and all students, regardless of need.
Students may need healthy food for a variety of reasons. They may come from an income or food-insecure household, they may be growing and need additional food, they may have left their lunch on the bus. The Food Sharing Project student nutrition program at their school offers healthy food selected based on nutritional guidelines to provide nutritiously substantial food. Research, as well as our local school staff, tells us that a student who is not hungry is able to focus on school tasks, have improved social relationships, and a greater opportunity to take advantage of all that school has to offer. In addition to the physical impacts of eating a nutritious meal or snack, food sharing spaces are safe places where students are supported by caring adults. It also creates an environment where students of diverse backgrounds can share food together.
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 order.
- Provincially mandated Nutritional Guidelines are used to select the nutritious foods offered on the order form.
- Students 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 students to school-wide. Staff within schools encourage students whom they feel will benefit from the program to attend. However, no student is ever turned away if they are interested or hungry
Governance and Oversight
The Food Sharing Project is a registered charity that is governed by a Board of Directors. Directors are selected based on their skills and lived experience, and include parents, teachers, principals and two School Board Trustees (English public and English Catholic boards). A list of the current board members is available here (to be added).
The financial activity of the organization is overseen by an external accountant and financial statements are audited annually. For a copy of the most recent financial statements, click here: 2019-20 Audited Financial Statements The Food Sharing Project
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