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Day 2:

In March 2020 when schools shut down and ONFE offices went remote, the School Breakfast Program team began to work around the clock to make sure no child in Ottawa was left without a healthy start to their day. 


With Jack Larabie Distribution Inc and Ontario Student Nutrition Services, community food cupboards, and teh Ottawa Coalition of Community houses, every child in emergency shelters had received a School Breakfast Replacement Kit within 2 weeks, and over 710,000 breakfasts were delivered by the end of August.


Tune in every day at 10am from March 1st to 5th

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All donations to Café Spark will be matched by our sponsors up to $35,000!

Help us fuel kids and ignite learning.

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Teacher in mask and visor distributing breakfast at school
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About Café Spark

Pour a mug of your favourite brew, and tune in every day at 10am to fuel kids and ignite learning with us! 


1 in 5 children in Ottawa live in poverty. This means that thousands of children, through no fault of their own, arrive at school hungry. That’s a serious problem, because hungry kids can’t learn. 


As food costs and food insecurity rates soar, demand for the breakfast program also grows. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on our community, we anticipate that program needs will continue to grow this year. 


From March 1 to 5, the Ottawa Network for Education is hosting virtual coffee breaks to raise money for the School Breakfast Program. 


Join us each day at 10am for this virtual café to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the School Breakfast Program – and to raise funds to support Ottawa kids. 

Day 1:

Mayor Jim Watson has officially proclaimed that today is Ottawa Network for Education School Breakfast Program 30th Anniversary Celebration Day in Ottawa!


“The need is still strong as 1 in 5 children in Ottawa live in poverty... Thank you and congratulations to ONFE's SchoolBreakfastProgram for being our leader and providing every child with the chance to eat, learn, and succeed.”

-Mayor Jim Watson


30th Anniversary of the School Breakfast Program

ONFE’s School Breakfast Program is celebrating 30 years of partnering with Ottawa schools, municipal and provincial governments, individual and corporate donors, community organizations and volunteers. Together we have provided local children and youth with more than 35 million nutritious meals to support learning, promote healthy eating, and improve student success. 


Every year, ONFE hosts an annual gala called the Spark Soirée to raise funds for the School Breakfast Program. In this year without live events, we're excited to host Café Spark to bring School Breakfast Program supporters and the community together.

We are grateful for our event sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Emond Harnden logo, ONFE, ROPE, ottawa, Ottawa Network for Education, Reseaux d`Ottawa pour Education, charity, not for profit, fundraising
National Bank logo
Solace logo
Conseil des ecoles catholiques du centre-est logo
Conseil des ecoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario logo
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board logo
Ottawa Catholic School Board logo

Corporate Sponsors

Algonquin College logo
Bell logo
Carleton University logo
Escape Manor logo

Breakfast Program Partners

Bridgehead logo
Brown Bag Events logo
Fieldless logo
Glenview logo
GVE logo
Kaitlin Bates Initiative logo
Mercedes-Benz Ottawa Downtown logo
Ottawa Chinatown logo