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.

About the Program

Bring a Program to Your School

Applications for the 2023-24 school year (September 2023 start date) will be available starting in January 2023. Please check back at that time for more information.

“Not only did the program feed the students but it also allowed us to check in with 40 – 50 students every morning.  These brief conversations may seem insignificant but it helped to build a sense of community and care during a school year that has been extremely difficult for all. “

~ Ottawa School Principal, 2021

Join our community of donors

The School Breakfast Program relies on gifts we receive from our community of donors. We use these funds to procure the nutritious meals we serve and to coordinate the many moving bodies that keep our program running.

We invite you to join ONFE’s Neighbourhood of Monthly Donors today. Monthly donations provide us with a stability that helps us plan better.

Any gift, no matter the amount, one-time or monthly, is always welcome.

However you choose to give, we want you to know one thing – we appreciate you. For being here, for your interest in our program, and for your desire to help children and youth succeed.

Thank you.

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. 


Comments from Ottawa school principals who witnessed the impact of the School Breakfast Program

The School Breakfast Program’s Impact

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