Ontario being called by advocates, educators to provide a free breakfast, lunch program in schools

Free breakfast and lunch programs for Ontario Students. @GivnerMorris

Toronto/CMEDIA: Ontario government is being reportedly called by the advocacy groups, teachers’ unions and food banks to provide a free breakfast and lunch program in schools across the province.

A collection of organizations including the Toronto Youth Cabinet, Food Banks Canada and the province’s four major teachers’ unions said today in a letter to Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Children Minister Michael Parsa that many children in Ontario are facing food insecurity that forces them to rely on food banks for their nutritional needs.

The organizations also said that due to the current Ontario students’ increased demand for nutrition programs not being met. Ontario should provide a universal free school breakfast and lunch program to all students to ensure that schools have sufficient infrastructure, resources and funding to deliver the meals.

A report published in November by Feed Ontario, a collective of 1,200 direct and affiliate food banks and other organizations that work to address food insecurity reportedly said that of the 587,000 adults and children who visited the province’s food banks a total of 4.3 million times between April 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, about 30 percent of food bank clients were under the age of 18. the coalition of hunger relief organizations reportedly said.

#OntarioStudents; #FreebreakfastAndLunchProgram