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Inflation putting pressure on school breakfast program in Ottawa

February 2024
CTV Ottawa’s Katie Griffin speaks with Heather Norris regarding the effects inflation has had on ONFE’s School Breakfast Program

Going the distance for school food programs

November 2023
Brent Mansfield and Heather Norris talk about the need for a national school food program and what they are doing to raise awareness.

CTV Ottawa School Food Programs segment

B.C. teacher running laps in front of Parliament Hill for national school food funding

November 2023
A Vancouver elementary school teacher is drawing attention to funding for a national school food program by running laps around Parliament Hill. “We’re currently the only G7 country without a national food school program,” said Heather Norris, president and CEO of the Ottawa Network for Education.

According to Norris, a breakfast program in Ottawa feeds more than 16,000 students at 200 schools(opens in a new tab), with demand up 28 per cent since last year.

Advocates call for a National School Food Policy

October 2, 2023
Heather Norris, President & CEO of ONFE, went on CBC’s All In a Day discussing how many students rely on ONFE’s School Breakfast Program, the nutritious food the program serves, how the program is delivered, the increased demand, as well as the call for a National School Food Policy, what having a national policy would mean, and our involvement with public consultations.

“Flipping for a Cause” at Zak’s Diner in Support of the School Breakfast Program

September 2023
Heather Norris, President & CEO of ONFE, and Kate Rutledge, Operations Manager with Zak’s Diner discuss September 12th’s “Flipping for a Cause” event in support of ONFE’s School Breakfast Program and the Breakfast Matters back to school fundraising campaign with CTV Morning Live Ottawa‘s Stefan Keyes.

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‘Breakfast Matters’ fundraiser launched to ensure kids are fed amid rising grocery prices

August 2023
Heather Norris, president and CEO of Ottawa Network for Education, told The Sam Laprade Show that rising food costs have led to an increase in demand for the School Breakfast Program, offered in schools across the Nation’s Capital. CityNews Ottawa discusses the #BreakfastMatters fundraising campaign to support a growing demand for the School Breakfast Program, providing students in need with a healthy meal to kick-start their day.

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OAW: Need For School Breakfast Program Continues to Grow

August 2023
Heather Norris, President and CEO, Ottawa Network for Education, joins Patricia Boal on 580 CRA Ottawa at Work to talk about the Ottawa Network for Educations “Breakfast Matters” fundraiser and why the programs it supports at over 200 schools in Ottawa are so important for students heading back to school in the next few weeks.

Ottawa Youth Turned Entrepreneurs

June 2023
Thank you, CTV Ottawa Morning Live for speaking with JA Company students about their journey into entrepreneurship, and how being a JA Company student has helped them learn everything there is to know about running a business.

JA Ottawa and JA Companies

June 2023
Albert Wong, Director of JA Ottawa, joins Derick Fage on Rogers tv Daytime Ottawa to explain how JA empowers young people in grades 9-12 with the skills, connections and confidence to build something incredible.

Schools from coast to coast struggle to feed hungry kids

June 2023
The rising cost of groceries means more children are depending on school food programs for a healthy meal, but those services are strained. The House visits Carson Grove Elementary School in Ottawa to see what’s in their food baskets, then Debbie Field, a coordinator with the Coalition for Healthy School Food and Carolyn Hunter, director of the School Breakfast Program at the Ottawa Network for Education, talk about the effects of today’s money crunch. And Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Karina Gould sits down to discuss the federal government’s pledge to roll out a national policy.

How rising prices are taking a bite out of school food programs

May 2023
CBC News visits Sandra Copeland, School Breakfast Program Coordinator at Carson Grove Elementary School in Ottawa as she helps prepare food for students to discuss the increased need and the impact of rising food prices.

Local group joins call for universal school meal program

May 2023
Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan speaks with Carolyn Hunter, Director of ONFE’s School Breakfast Program about how more funding is needed from the government as demand is sky high.

Business community rallies around School Breakfast Program at Spark Soirée

May 2023
Caroline Phillips from the Ottawa Business Journal shares how hundreds of supporters of ONFE’s School Breakfast Program came together on May 6, 2023 at the Infinity Convention Centre with the common goal of making sure our city’s children and youth don’t have to tackle math equations, spelling bees and gym class with hunger pains in their bellies.

Greater Need for the School Breakfast Program

April 2023
Heather Norris, President and CEO of the Ottawa Network for Education joins Sam Laprade on Rogers tv’s Ottawa Daytime to explain how the demand for the school breakfast program is much higher than pre-pandemic.

School Food Programs face growing demand

April 2023
ONFE President and CEO, Heather Norris spoke with Stefan Keyes of CTV Ottawa Morning Live about the increased need for ONFE’s School Breakfast Program.

School Food Programs face growing demand, ballooning budgets

December 2022
CBC Ottawa discusses how the nutrition budget is the highest in ONFE’s School Breakfast Program history.

Breakfast program to continue feeding children despite school closures

September 2022
CBC Ottawa spoke with Heather Norris, President and CEO of ONFE, about the kits with fresh fruit and healthy snacks that were handed out at food banks during COVID school closures.