What purpose do student nutrition programs serve?
The EWTE Community Partnership Committee, in consultation and collaboration with community partners, promotes the healthy development of school-age children in Simcoe County. We encourage lifelong, healthy eating habits through nutrition-related education in the schools and the community.
We support existing Student Nutrition Programs in Simcoe County with funding and consultation, encourage and support the creation of new breakfast programs in those locations with identified needs and support school communities to provide nutritious food, including breakfast, lunch and/or snacks, to children and youth across Simcoe County.
There are many reasons why kids participate in nutrition programs including:
Research has established that proper nutrition, mainly during the morning hours, plays an important role in supporting learning. There are many reasons why kids participate in nutrition programs, including:
- They take the school bus and don’t have time to eat breakfast
- Fresh fruit and veggies aren’t available at home on a regular basis
- They like the social aspects of eating breakfast with their friends
- Family finances are tight
No matter the reason, the program aims to support children and youth to be ready to learn. Participation in student nutrition programs is associated with positive educational outcomes including improved academic performance, reduced tardiness and improved student behaviour (Muthuswamy, E. 2012. “Feeding Our Future: The First- and Second-Year Evaluation.” Toronto District School Board).
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The Simcoe County Nutrition Program for School-Age Children
Is a non-profit organization that supports volunteer run breakfast, morning meal, lunch and/or snack programs to children and youth, in over 185 schools in Simcoe County, to support their learning and healthy development.