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School Breakfast Replacement Kits
On a normal day, the Ottawa Network for Education’s (ONFE) School Breakfast Program provides more than 13,500 free, nutritious meals to students who arrive at 190 Ottawa schools hungry. But these are not normal times. Schools are closed, and children and youth are still hungry. The need is greater than ever before to ensure that students have access to the nutritious food they normally rely on each day at school to keep on learning and growing.
We have produced a plan to meet that need.
ONFE School Breakfast Replacement Kits will be distributed to families with children who normally access ONFE’s School Breakfast Program. Each kit contains:
  • Items from 3 food groups, including 2% milk tetra packs, cereal or bagels, wholegrain crackers, unsweetened applesauce, and granola bars
  • Food that is 100% shelf-stable and individually prepackaged
  • Enough items to replace 24 days of school meals
Kits are prepacked in a HACCP certified facility to ensure the highest level of food security and traceability in this COVID-19 environment. Moreover, pre-packaged kits relieve community agencies and volunteers the additional burden of sorting and repackaging, which also reduces the amount of food handling.
ONFE School Breakfast Replacement Kits cost $25 each in this current model, which includes warehousing, packaging, and distribution. We are calling for the Ottawa community to help us meet the greatest need ever to keep our children and youth supplied with the nutritious food they need to keep learning and growing by sending out as many of these kits as possible.
We are prioritizing communities with schools that have the highest student needs and that can receive the first wave of distribution. But we know - because of our 29 years of providing meals at school - that food insecurity can be found in every neighbourhood in Ottawa. We are continuing urgent work to finalize models to expand our reach to our students and their families across the entire city.
Each donation of ONFE School Breakfast Replacement Kits is eligible for a charitable tax receipt, which will be sent by email.
To learn more about ONFE and our 8 essential programs in Ottawa's 4 publicly-funded school boards, visit onfe-rope.ca.