Governance and Oversight
The Food Sharing Project is a registered Canadian charity that is governed by a Board of Directors. Directors are selected based on their skills and lived experience, and include parents, teachers, principals, School Board Trustee representatives, and a representative from KFL&A Public Health. A list of the current board members is below.
The financial activity of the organization is overseen by an external accountant and financial statements are audited annually.
Charitable registration number
118933522 RR 0001
Board of Directors
As the long time Chair, Brenda is thrilled to be working alongside an amazing team of dedicated Board members and staff. Recently retired from LDSB, Brenda enjoys time with her family, and the opportunity to work on projects which support local families experiencing food insecurity.
Vice-Chair, ALCDSB trustee rep
Michael Murphy is the Vice Chair of the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, and a trustee representative on The Food Sharing Project board of directors.
Catharina Summers is a retired High school teacher. She joined the Board as the ALCDSB trustee representative in 2011 and continued on with the Board at the end of her trustee term. Cathy holds the office of Secretary of the Board.
Dietitian, KFLA Health Unit
Jessica is a registered dietitian at KFL&A Public Health. She guides FSP in their commitment to high nutrition standards and contributes to the long-standing partnership between FSP and KFL&A Public Health.
Krista has over a decade of experience in communications and now works to support individuals with mental-health challenges. She believes that food should be affordable and accessible to all.
Janice joined the Food Sharing Project Board in 2018 with over 30 years of experience in Nutrition and Food Service Management in the Health Care and Education sectors. With a passion for food, nutrition and feeding children, The Food Sharing Project was the perfect organization to share her experiences and values.
A long-standing supporter of the Food Sharing Project, Laurie French has been a Trustee with the Limestone District School Board for over 20 years, and President of the Canadian School Boards Association. Her health care career as a nurse has included several leadership roles in the community and hospital sector including the former Local Health Integration Network, Providence Care Hospital, and Providence Village Incorporated.
Michael Higginson is an elementary teacher with the Limestone District School Board. He is passionate about providing all children with the supports they need to grow, learn, and succeed.
Andy has worked in the non-profit sector for over 30 years, the last 20 in the Kingston region. He is an experienced generalist in small non-profit organizations, with experience in governance, policy, supervision, bookkeeping, and grant-writing. Andy is nimble and adaptable, able to support staff and board members equally while also professionally representing the organization.
Gillian is a CPA and has volunteered with FSP for approximately 20 years both as a volunteer and the in-house accountant. She has been active in the community volunteering with various charitable organizations for 30 years. Gillian currently serves as a Board member of Community Response to Neighbourhood Concerns and Kingston Access Services
Dave has been working with The Food Sharing Project for almost 20 years, starting in 1993. His lived experience is his source for genuine pride and responsibility for getting food to students. Dave oversees the processing of school orders, ordering food inventory, supervising warehouse volunteers, making deliveries to schools, and working with the Executive Director on planning and resolving logistical and other issues.
Brian started working at The Food Sharing Project in October 2021. Brian has worked in the food service industry for over two decades, previously as owner of a Great Canadian Bagel Company franchise in Belleville, making deliveries to Kingston on a daily basis. Brian safely transports and delivers food to schools across KFL&A four days a week, and assists with packing orders, receiving inventory and general warehouse and building maintenance.
Learn More About Us
Who we are
Our mission is to provide nourishment for students to improve their readiness to learn. As a community partner of the Ontario Student Nutrition Program, we provide nutritious food to all publically-funded schools across Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington, at no charge.
What We Do
The Food Sharing Project and local schools are partners in providing nutrition to students. Quite simply, The Food Sharing Project makes it possible for school nutrition program coordinators to order everything they need to provide healthy meal and snack programs at their school, every day, for any student, and then gets that food to the school, at no cost.
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How You Can Help
Thank you, from the bottoms of our bellies.
Wow, look at this food. They really care about us.
Honestly, having the grab and go station in the school just helps me make it to class.
I don’t know why, but math is easier after I have something to eat.
I saw the student putting a few extra cartons of milk in his backpack, so I gently asked why, and he said he was taking it for his siblings because, "school is the only place we can get fresh milk."
“Just a note to say thank you and your helpers for all you have done for myself and my family. You don’t have to do anymore I think we will be okay for now.”