5 ways to make the most of the festive season

5 ways to make the most of the festive season

Wow, 2021 is almost over.  The bad news is time is whizzing by and pulling us involuntarily along with it. The good news is: we have another festive season at hand!  There is so much to love about this time of year—the soothing carols, the enchanting lights, the increase in positivity and warmness, the delectable treats that are permitted seemingly only this time of year… So many things to appreciate.  2021, like the year before it, has been…

Inspire your junior chef and support ONFE at the same time!

Inspire your junior chef and support ONFE at the same time!

Julianna Banana, an Ottawa small business and mom and daughter duo, aims to inspire kids and families to get baking, cooking, and creating in the kitchen all while learning about food, having fun, and gaining an appreciation for the importance of community and giving back. They provide culinary experiences for kids and families, combining the fun of a class with…

ONFE’s Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Therese Coady

ONFE’s Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Therese Coady

ONFE is incredibly fortunate to have a diverse team of compassionate, caring volunteers who bring a range of backgrounds and skills to their respective roles supporting students and teachers within the OCDSB. We would like to introduce you to a volunteer who is passionate about helping enhance the literacy and language skills of the students she…

Pitch It To Win It! JA Ottawa’s Pitch Competition

Pitch It To Win It! JA Ottawa’s Pitch Competition

Watch JA Ottawa make history, with our first-ever pitch competition!  We invite you to attend JA Ottawa’s pitch competition, Pitch It to Win It! on Saturday May 1st, 2021, 12:00-2:45PM EDT.  JA Ottawa students will pitch their companies to a panel of judges, competing to see who has the best pitch! Learn about all the companies that will be presenting here….

The Café That Sparked a Change
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The Café That Sparked a Change

Sparks flew March 1st to 5th as ONFE hosted Café Spark, a virtual event benefiting the School Breakfast Program. Café Spark was created in celebration of 30 successful years of supporting kids from grades K-12 with over 35 million nutritious meals, helping them to start the school day on equal footing with their peers. ONFE…

Ready for the New Year: Reflecting on 2019-2020
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Ready for the New Year: Reflecting on 2019-2020

  The past year has been a roller coaster ride filled with twists and turns. When Covid-19 came into full force in March 2020, the entire world had to act and adapt, and do so quickly. Despite being thrust into this new reality of social distancing, working and learning remotely, and mandated mask wearing in public areas, ONFE was ready to face these…

ONFE Learns: Showcasing Our Volunteers

ONFE Learns: Showcasing Our Volunteers

  We can always count on our volunteers to be passionate, interesting, and engaged. ONFE has been privileged to recruit and train school volunteers for 27 years.     This year, before the pandemic, 1,259 volunteers were placed in schools through our Ottawa Volunteers in Education program. These amazing people read to children to boost literacy skills, tutor math,…

ONFE’s School Breakfast Replacement Kits

ONFE’s School Breakfast Replacement Kits

   Anne-Marie Bouchard Photography     On March 16th, school closures across Ontario were announced. The next day, ONFE’s office went remote.    Immediately, we were concerned about students’ loss of school meals. ONFE’s School Breakfast Program usually serves 13,500 children and youth every single school day – 2.5 million meals every school year – in Ottawa’s 4 public school boards.    We began to…