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.
All donations to Café Spark will be matched by our sponsors up to $35,000!
Help us fuel kids and ignite learning.
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.
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.