Ottawa Network for Education – Feeding Kids the Most Important Meal of the Day

| February 25, 2013 | 0 Comments



We all know how our concentration, productivity and effectiveness suffers when we are hungry.  The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) realizes this and their School Breakfast Program is helping hungry kids get breakfast – the most important meal of the day.

A study completed by the Toronto School Board shows that kids that participated in a similar program were more attentive, productive, had a better attendance record and in some cases improved their grades significantly.    The ONFE has been providing breakfast to needy children through the School Breakfast Program since 1990 where they were feeding approximately 1,000 students in 25 schools.  Fast forward to today and according to the ONFE “11,300 Ottawa Children in 148 schools begin each school day with a nutritious meal provided by the Ottawa School Breakfast Program.”  I urged you see the school boards they work with ONFE and register your child if they are not able to have a meal before getting to school – you can find the list on the program page on their website.

These programs flourish with the help of the community through donations and volunteers.  On their website you will find the appropriate information to host an event, donate, or even volunteer.

The ONFE has recently collaborated with Algonquin College and some of their PR and Broadcasting students to create a Public Service Announcements (PSA).  The candidates PSA’s can be found here. The winner will be the one with the most views by March 1, so make sure you watch the one you like a lot.

As parents it is our responsibility to ensure we give our children the best opportunity to succeed in school. It starts with a healthy and nutritious breakfast.  Does your kid have breakfast before they head out in the morning?

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