Food security: Citizens need to have secure access to food. Food bank use by separate individuals went up significantly in 2008-2009 and down considerably in 2009-2010, while still remaining higher than provincial and national use.
Source: Food Banks Canada 2010
“No person should go hungry in our region”Like food banks, school nutrition programs can be seen as a response to this urgent need. In Ontario, approximately 400,000 elementary and secondary school students participate in more than 3,000 breakfast, lunch, and snack programs. Source: Province of Ontario (2010) “The First Year: Achievements and Success Indicators.”
Niagara has a long history of school nutrition programs which provide nutritious breakfast/snacks and or lunches to over 8,000 elementary school students in 67 elementary schools annually across Niagara.