Learn how ONFE Fuels Kids and Ignites Learning every school day.

ONFE gives every K-12 students in Ottawa the opportunity to succeed today and prepare for tomorrow.

School Breakfast Program

Thousands of children and youth arrive at school hungry. This is a serious problem, because hungry students can’t learn. As food costs and food insecurity rates soar, demand for the breakfast program also grows.

Classroom Gardens

Classroom Gardens brings indoor gardening into classrooms. Throughout the school year, and even through the cold winter months, students are growing plants from seed, and learning in a hands-on way about plant life-cycles, nutrition, and entrepreneurship.

JA Ottawa

JA programs teach entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness skills by giving students real-world tasks like goal setting, building a personal budget, exploring interests and career pathways, and working with a team to start a small business. 

Volunteers In Education

Volunteers join a community of like-minded Ottawans who want to make a difference in their city by supporting public education. They receive special training, regular check-ins, and other ongoing support from VIE along the way.


OttawaReads recruits volunteer readers from the corporate and public sectors to read aloud to children in kindergarten through grade 3 in a one-to-one setting. This helps children to develop essential literacy skills, build closer connections to their community, and appreciate that reading is fun.

Assistive Technology

Assistive technologies (AT) are devices or systems that help students – with many types of learning challenges – to absorb new information, acquire skills, communicate, or simply function better. They are designed to assist the user, to draw upon their strengths, and to work around their difficulties.

STEP for Youth in Schools and Community Coalition

ONFE coordinates the step for Youth in Schools and Community Coalition. This community collaborative of 30 committed partners works to ensure students and their families in all 4 school boards have access to direct Support, Treatment, Education, and Prevention (STEP) for youth problematic substance and technology use.