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Student Nutrition Programs provide a healthy nutritional environment in schools, support efforts to improve the eating habits of children and youth, and work to better prepare kids for a full day of learning. Feeding young minds!
- Adapted from the Ontario Student Nutrition Program (OSNP)
PDF versions of the following resources are available by clicking below or at the bottom of this page:
To ensure all children attending school in Lambton County are well nourished and ready to learn and to ensure that all children in Lambton County will have access to healthy food choices.
The Lambton County Student Nutrition Program, with the support of the Ontario Student Nutrition Program, Breakfast for Learning , Educators, Parents and Community Partners, will promote, educate and provide the resources needed to implement and maintain a successful Student Nutrition Program in every school in Lambton County. To provide student nutrition programs to all school aged children and youth through the work of supportive community partnerships.
A Student Nutrition Program offers children and youth healthy food on days they attend school. Operated primarily by volunteers during scheduled class breaks or before school starts.
To ensure the success of a Student Nutrition Program, each participating school must have the support of its principal, as well as a small group of volunteers determined to see Lambton County’s children and youth succeed.
A school has a choice of a Healthy Snack Program, Meal Program or a Blended Program.
A healthy snack contains at least one serving from a minimum of two out of the four 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.
An example of a portion each student may receive in a snack program is an apple and 10 whole grain crackers.
A meal 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.
An example of what each student may receive in a meal program is one banana, one cup of milk and half of a bagel with jam.
The snack and meal programs can operate in several ways. Students may deliver snacks to each classroom or a scheduled time can be set up for students to drop in.
A blended program contains one serving from the vegetables and fruit food group for every student. In addition at least two other food groups must be available but not necessarily served to everyone.
All schools in Lambton County have the option to run a Student Nutrition Program to benefit students, schools, parents and volunteers.
Benefits for students:
For a complete list of programs contact Community Health Services Department at 519-344-2062 ext. 2011.
If you are interested in starting a program at your school, the County of Lambton’s Student Nutrition Coordinator can set up an information meeting for prospective coordinators, volunteers, school councils or community groups.
As coordinator, you will help build a strong and healthy future for Lambton County’s students. Some of the tasks you and your volunteers may be asked to do are: creating healthy menus, recruiting volunteers, grocery shopping, planning exciting fundraisers or socializing with children and youth.
Help is available from our Registered Dietitians and Public Health Inspectors to support and assist with nutrition and safe food handling.
For more specifics on becoming your school’s coordinator, call the County of Lambton’s Student Nutrition Coordinator at 519-344-2062 ext. 2011.
Partnership Opportunities Brochure (PDF at bottom of page)
If you would like to contribute to a Student Nutrition Program in other ways, you can volunteer, fundraise or make a financial donation to support the school of your choice.
To find out which school would be the best for you, and to learn more helpful ideas, call the County of Lambton’s Student Nutrition Coordinator at 519-344-2062 ext. 2011.
Every pair of hands makes a big difference!
This extremely rewarding activity will have you work with your school’s Program Coordinator to accomplish a wide variety of activities: prepare meals, cleanup after meals, and do quick trips to your local grocery store.
If you don’t have a few minutes every day to help at a school, you can fundraise on your own or with a group of like-minded individuals. Pick an activity, organize a few volunteers, gather supplies, and have fun!
You can make a financial donation directly to a specific school with a Student Nutrition Program or to the Lambton Student Nutrition Advisory Committee (LSNAC) which provides emergency funds for schools to purchase food, or appliances.
Contact the program coordinator at 519-344-2062 ext. 2011.
|LSNAC list of partners: |
Ontario Student Nutrition Program
Breakfast for Learning
My Sarnia-Lambton - CHOK radio - Interview with Chad Coene (1.51 minutes) on November 18, 2013
School Coordinator of the Breakfast Program at St. Patricks High School, Sarnia.
Breakfast Clubs of Canada