Student Nutrition Program
Improving the learning capacity, health and well-being of children by ensuring access to healthy food.
As the lead agency the YMCA of Three Rivers provides leadership for Student Nutrition Programs in the Central West Region of Ontario. We support community organizations within this service area, including Wellington/Dufferin/Guelph, Halton, Peel, and Waterloo Regions.
What are Student Nutrition Programs?
Student Nutrition Programs are committed to improving children’s learning capacity, health and well-being by ensuring access to healthy food through school or community-based nutrition programs. In Central West Region there are over 600 active programs providing service to 56,000 children. These programs are supported by 14,000 dedicated volunteers and a community partner organization in each region.
Each community organization is managed by a Board of Directors or Advisory Committee comprised of individuals from health, service organizations, education, and the business community. All of these people care about nutrition and health. They are responsible for the strategic, financial and personnel management of the service.
The Province of Ontario provides funding for programs to purchase food and provide administrative support. The Province has also provided guidance in developing nutritional guidelines to ensure that programs meet children’s nutritional needs.