Giving every K-12 student in Ottawa the opportunity to succeed today, and prepare for tomorrow.

Every child should finish school prepared to take on the world. ONFE is harnessing the resources of our incredible community to equip local youth with the tools, knowledge, and skills they’ll need to thrive in post-secondary studies, and to build fulfilling careers.

Our focus areas


As many as 15% of local students have learning challenges, and up to 22% of Ottawa students are immigrants or new English language learners. We strive to remove barriers to learning by matching trained volunteers with teachers and students that need extra help.

Health & Well-Being

There is a direct correlation between the health and well-being of children and youth, and their ability to learn and succeed in school. At ONFE, we identify and provide solutions to serious problems that affect wellness and academic achievement, including student hunger, inadequate nutrition, and drug and alcohol addiction.

Career Readiness

We strive to help secondary students make informed career choices and transition successfully to post-secondary studies and fulfilling careers. Our innovative programming helps students develop financial literacy, entrepreneurial thinking, and work readiness skills.


Schools are closed, and children and youth are still hungry. 
Help us to serve hungry kids and families during this uncertain time. 

“ I was inspired to volunteer after reading about Jamie Oliver. I related to his concern about children, and his desire to make sure they’re fueled properly to learn. It made me think about what I could do, here at home. ”

— Mary Jonsson, School Breakfast Program Volunteer

How can you help support us?

It’s up to you! You can make a donation, volunteer, plan an event, or become a sponsor.

Interested in volunteering?

Working with children and youth is deeply rewarding, and we have many ways for you to get involved!

Explore our upcoming events

Check out our event listing which includes signature ONFE events, workshops, and community events that will benefit ONFE.

Learn more about us

ONFE works side-by-side with teachers in all four public school boards to deliver essential programs that meet the complex needs of local students.