School Breakfast Program

A nutritious breakfast is the launch-pad for a full day of focused learning.

Providing students in need with a nutritious breakfast – giving them the chance to start their day ready to learn on equal footing with their peers.

With support from individual and corporate donors, volunteers, educators, the City of Ottawa, and the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, we ensure that local children and youth have the energy their growing bodies and developing brains need to succeed in school.

Fall 2021 Update: Providing nutrition, and staying safe

We’re ensuring that K-12 students can start the day ready to learn on equal footing with their peers – while also being able to follow physical distancing and other safety protocols. 

“By being broadly available to all students, regardless of background, the breakfast program has helped level the playing field for our students.”

~ Ottawa School Principal, 2017

Summer Nutrition Program

This summer ONFE partnered with the Ottawa Food Bank to deliver complimentary nutritious meals to children and youth across the city, supporting them during the ongoing pandemic.

Since the School Breakfast Replacement Kit Program launched following school closures in March 2020, ONFE has served 55,681 kits – the equivalent of 1,254,697 meals – directly to neighbourhoods of kids in need.

FAQs about running a program

We’ve received many questions about running breakfast programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click below to view the most common logistical questions and answers.

About the Program

The School Breakfast Program’s Impact

ONFE’s School Breakfast Program: Making a difference, one breakfast at a time.

Bring a Program to Your School

ONFE’s School Breakfast Program accepts and reviews new program applications twice a year. If you wish to apply for a breakfast or snack program, please complete the application forms linked below. 

Application for a NEW School Breakfast or Snack Program

Application for a SECOND School Breakfast or Snack Program

Please note: Applications must be submitted by the School Principal.  

Application Deadlines

For a September start date, applications are due by June 15th

For a February start date, applications are due by November 26th

Supporting Documents: 

Get Tools & Resources for the School Breakfast Program

Whether your school offers a School Breakfast Program or a snack program, our School Toolkit has resources and information to help your program succeed. Available resources include budgeting advice, menu planning guidelines, healthy recipes, and more.

You Can Help Students Learn

Children who eat a healthy breakfast engage more in class, perform better academically, and have fewer behaviour issues. Your donation will help provide 13,500 local children with a nutritious breakfast and the chance to start each school day on equal footing with their peers.

Volunteer with the School Breakfast Program

The School Breakfast Program is supported by dedicated volunteers that assist with a variety of essential tasks, like food preparation, breakfast service, and more. You can help us support local children and youth, one breakfast at a time.