Student Nutrition Program

Feeding Our Future

Toronto District School Board, through its Nutrition Foundation Statement, recognizes the direct relationship between healthy nutrition and the academic achievement of our students. Well-nourished children are ready and able to learn in our classrooms.

The TDSB is committed to working with its community partners to ensure that students have equitable access to high quality school-based nutrition programs. These programs provide opportunities to develop good nutrition habits that last a lifetime.

The Student Nutrition Program Department through the Nutrition Liaison Officers (NLOs) provide support to Principals or designates and Local Nutrition Program Committees (LNPC) to ensure the sustainability of 580 nutrition programs, within 420 TDSB schools, feeding over 150,000 students per day.

Schools with nutrition programs offer a variety of healthy foods depending on the type of program: breakfast, snack, morning meal or lunch. Nutrition Programs are unique to each school and reflect the diversity of the school population in the type of meals offered.

Student nutrition programs would not be successful without the involvement of our valued volunteers, parents and community members. Through collaborating with parents, we are able to improve nutrition at school, at home and in the community. One way you can be involved is to lend your voice in the development and operation of the student nutrition program through the Local Nutrition Program Committee at your local school.

Visit our website to find out more about Student Nutrition.

SNP Newsletter Sept 2021.pdf

“Hangry” is a state of anger caused by lack of food: hunger causing a negative change in emotional state.

TDSB Student Nutrition Program Department’s vision is to Feed Our Future by eliminating “hangry” ensuring that every student has access to healthy, nutritious food every day. Join us in our vision.

children eating lunch

What are Student Nutrition Programs?

  • SNP Overview and Impact

  • Types of SNP programs offered

  • TPH Student Nutrition Guidelines

What is your child eating at school?

  • Sample Menus

  • Healthy eating at home, what to send for lunch

  • Canada’s Food Guide

Do you have questions related to nutrition programs?

  • FAQ – for Parents, Teachers, Volunteers

  • Funding – Where the money comes from?

  • Application process

  • Parent contributions and local fundraising

Parent voices needed for the Local Nutrition Program Committee.

  • What is the LNPC?

  • Who can be involved and how to get involved?

  • Building a sustainable program.

  • Promotion and awareness

Volunteers needed.

  • Key Functions of volunteers

  • Recruitment

  • Training

  • Benefits of Volunteering

  • Recognition

Nutrition Liaison Officers

Our Nutrition Liaison Officers support close to 600 programs in 420 schools; feeding over 150,000 students per day. Contact us to find out more.

Michelle Murdock - Learning Centre 1
Phone: 416-394-3324
Cell: 647-542-5550

Mary Molinaro – Learning Centre 2
Phone: 416-394-7436
Cell: 416-788-1520

Durward Anthony – Learning Centre 3
Phone: 416 394-7303
Cell: 416-428-0504

Lynne Martens – Learning Centre 4
Phone: 416 394-7159
Cell: 416-659-5633

Student Nutrition Program Dept.
Main Line: 416 394-7447


The Toronto Foundation for Student Success

It’s simple: when children are hungry, they can’t focus, and if they can’t focus, they can’t learn. That’s why approximately 810 school and community based Student Nutrition Programs (SNPs) provide almost 213,000 nutritious meals every school day. Here, students eat a healthy breakfast, lunch, or a snack so that they can focus on learning rather than hunger. One in every four children in Toronto lives in poverty and 40% of all children come to school hungry each day. It can be as high as 68% in our most at-risk communities.

Founded in 1998, the Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS) is an independent, registered charitable organization dedicated to supporting Toronto District School Board (TDSB) children and helping remove barriers to their education.

Toronto Public Health

The goal of a student nutrition program is to ensure that students who are at risk for poor nutritional intake have access to safe, adequate and nutritious food during the school day. Student nutrition programs provide nutritious meals and snacks to students to give them the nutrients and energy they need to be ready to learn. Every day, over 211,000 Toronto students participate in student nutrition programs. Learn more.

The Funding Application deadline for September 2021 funding is Friday, February 12, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.