School Breakfast Program

13,500 Ottawa children in 177 schools begin each school day with a nutritious meal provided by the Ottawa School Breakfast Program.

Students who are given nutritious breakfasts daily make significant improvements in learning, school attendance, behaviour and self-esteem.

The Ottawa School Breakfast Program ensures that children in need have access to a healthy breakfast in a safe, supervised environment – to help each child start their day ready to learn.

The Ottawa School Breakfast Program is a wonderful partnership where schools, volunteers, community organizations and businesses come together to make the nutritional needs of children and youth a priority.School boards continue to identify more children and youth in-need each year.

In 1990, the program supported 1,000 students in 25 schools. Twenty-five years later over 13,500 students in 177 schools benefit from the support of the Ottawa School Breakfast Program. That is over 2 million breakfasts every year!  

The Ottawa School Breakfast Program is open to all children and youth enrolled in one of the 177 participating schools. Students may be identified through school staff or parents. The philosophy of the program is that no child/youth is turned away.The program supports all four Ottawa school boards: Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de L’Ontario, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Ottawa Catholic School Board.

Program History

Schools in the Ottawa community have been providing meals for children for many years.

In 1990 a need was identified to create a more unified student nutrition program and local school boards agreed. With input from local educators and members of the community, the United Way/Centraide Ottawa, the Community Foundation of Ottawa and ONFE began working together to develop a regional school breakfast program.

Get involved!
Here are some ways you can help:

Make a donation. 

Volunteer at a school breakfast program.

Host an event and raise funds for the program - click here to see the list of great event ideas!

Did You Know?

13,500 Ottawa children in 175 schools begin each day with a nutritious meal provided by the School Breakfast Program.


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Contact Us

Carolyn Hunter
Director, Ottawa School Breakfast Program
613 366-3085 ext. 254

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Read the Toronto District School Board's report on the impact of student nutrition programs on academic success.