Schools must fundraise to financially support snack or breakfast/morning meal programs. Municipal and provincial government grants subsidize some of the costs associated with offering a program, but consider this to be "seed" money to help you get started. Starting and managing a school snack or breakfast program requires a regular flow of money. Food must be purchased weekly or monthly and, from time to time, you may need supplies or equipment. Funds for start-up costs and everyday expenses can come from donations, fundraising or grants. 

Each school must provide the balance through fundraising and community donations.



For schools in York Region that have filled out the application form, funds are administered by two organizations: Peterborough Child & Family Centres, the Lead Agency for Student Nutrition in Central East Ontario; and York Region Food for Learning, the local community partnership for student nutrition programs.

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services provides “seed” funding for student nutrition programs in two cheque installments (September & January) and is distributed by the Peterborough Child & Family Centres.

Note: funding is based on eligibility and availability and is not guaranteed. These funds can only to be used to purchase healthy foods and cannot be used to purchase supplies, appliances or equipment.






Promote your snack or breakfast program to your parents and ask them for help. For York Region District School Board schools, make use of your “School Cash Online” payment system for donations- this strategy really works!

Contact us for help with your application form and to brainstorm ideas. You can run a successful student nutrition program!


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