Program guidelines and nutrition guidelines were developed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in collaboration with the Ministries of Education and Health, to establish a province-wide standard for program delivery, and provide local communities with a framework to assist in meeting the nutrition needs of children and youth. The SNP Nutrition Guidelines outline serving size and selection criteria required for selecting nutritious foods and beverages for student nutrition programs.
They also provide the following direction for programs:
- Vegetables and/or fruit will be offered with every meal and/or snack. Choose Ontario grown and/or produced foods when available and practical. Celebrate cultural diversity by serving healthy foods from different cultures.
- A snack contains at least one serving from a minimum of two food groups of Canada’s Food Guide with at least one serving from the Vegetables and Fruit food group. Nutritional value of a snack is improved by offering choices from three of the four food groups.
- A meal (breakfast and lunch) contains at least one serving from a minimum of three out of the four food groups of Canada’s Food Guide with at least one serving from the Vegetables and Fruit food group and at least one serving from the Milk and Alternatives food group. Nutritional value of a meal is improved by offering choices from each of the four food groups.
- Tap water is always available.
Schools can offer breakfast programs, morning meal programs, snack or lunch programs (no more than 2 programs are funded per school).
Breakfast: the meal is to be served before the morning bell and can be a sit down breakfast or a grab and go style.
Morning Meal: this is served after the morning bell and can be offered during nutrition breaks or recess.
Snack: this can be offered during nutrition breaks or recess. This often involves a bin of snacks offered in each classroom in elementary schools. Secondary Schools often have a bin of snacks in the main office, guidance office, library and/or other central locations.
Lunch: the meal can be a full sit down lunch or a brown bag lunch that is offered to students who do not have one.
The goal is to ensure that all children/youth attend school well fed and ready to learn. Here are a few of the numerous reasons why students may participate in the program:
- They take a school bus and do not have time to eat breakfast.
- They don’t have access to fresh fruit and vegetables at home on a regular basis.
- Their family finances are restrictive.
- They have low energy and don’t have enough food in their lunch.
- They prefer to share their mealtime with their friends.
Although administered by the Peterborough Family Resource Centre, each local SNP is uniquely developed and run by the school community to best suit its students’ needs.
Eat Well to Excel has 2 coordinators that sit on the EWTE Local Partnership Committee and report directly to PFRC. Nicole Hawke (email@example.com) is the Simcoe North Coordinator and Karen Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Simcoe South Coordinator.
Once a program is in place, the Coordinator collects monthly stats to ensure programs align with the approved funding. The required stats include how many students are accessing the programs, how many days the programs are being offered, etc. The stats must be submitted to PFRC by the Coordinator monthly. Coordinators also retain school bi-annual financial records.
Coordinators are available as a resource to the school programs to help build local community capacity to support program sustainability and/or respond to any questions or concerns (i.e. engage volunteers, conduct fundraising, develop resources, provide networking opportunities and enhance partnerships, support changes to the programs, discuss financial concerns , and support requests for appliances or equipment, etc.)Coordinators are members of the Local Partnership Committee representing PFRC and the MCYS as the funder.
The EWTE committee ensures the sustainability of local programs through in-kind donations, awareness and marketing, fundraising efforts and partnership development with regional and local sponsors. The committee is linked with the local health unit for nutrition education and consultation. The EWTE committee Chair or designate participates in regional meetings with the Chairs from across Central East to develop regional program policies and criteria for grant applications.
MCYS funding is to be considered base funding and is intended to cover only 10% of the program costs. Schools/programs are encouraged to find other sources of funding, including donations, sponsors, fundraising efforts, partnerships, etc. MCYS occasionally provides additional equipment and appliance funding that schools/programs can access upon request through the EWTE coordinators.
The formula used for the 2013-2014 school year is attached. The percentages used in the formula shift each year depending on the number of applications. The percentage varies between 3-4% for Non-DES Schools and 10-11% for DES. (DES means designated schools – determined by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services based on various social and financial markers).
The dollar amounts per program are as follows:
- Breakfast – $1.00/day per student
- Morning Meal – $1.00/day per student
- Lunch – $1.00/day per student
- Snack – $.65/day per student
Breakfast for Learning (BFL) has helped to nourish more than 2.9 million children from coast to coast in Canada, providing over 400 million meals and snacks, over the past 20 years. For more information, check out http://www.breakfastforlearning.ca
BFL provides close to $100,000 to Simcoe County schools. EWTE coordinators support schools to access BFL funding by completing a group application process, and by completing BFL reporting requirements on behalf of the schools. Schools need to contact EWTE coordinators to be included in the group application.
Breakfast Clubs of Canada (BCC) helped close to 130,000 students have access to a nutritious breakfast each morning in 1,266 schools across Canada, during the 2011-2012 school year.
Seven schools within Simcoe County receive funding from BCC. BCC has a set of criteria from which they choose schools to fund; they also offer coupons from businesses across Canada to BCC funded schools. For more information, check out http://www.breakfastclubscanada.org/
Grants and Fundraising
EWTE coordinators apply for grants and organize/host fundraising opportunities to support local programs. These funds are raised as discretionary funds to help provide schools with emergency funding for food, equipment or appliances as identified by individual schools/programs. If schools have a need for extra funds, equipment or appliances, they should contact their EWTE coordinator to be added to a list for consideration when decisions are made. The EWTE Local Partnership Committee determines how and when the funds will be distributed among the various program requests.
Schools can also access their own grants or do their own fundraising to support their program(s). Some schools include EWTE as a recipient of some fundraising money from their school fundraising plans (i.e. dress down days, dance-a-thons, loose change donation jars, etc). Other schools have relationships with local businesses or banks to receive donations of food, money or staff time to volunteer with the programs. For more suggestions or assistance, please contact your local EWTE coordinator.