Nutrition awareness arrives with a crunch

Meredith Hayes was riding home from work on the subway when the idea struck her. “I bit into an apple and everybody kind of stopped and looked at me,” she said. “I realized it was actually pretty loud. … All eyes were on this crunchy, loud woman.” The impact of the moment helped Hayes, FoodShare’s schools and nutrition manager, conceive of a way to draw a lot of attention to her program. At precisely 2:30 p.m. on March 12, students, musicians, volunteers and guests gathered in the gymnasium at Our Lady Fatima Catholic School, in Scarborough, to bite into Ontario-grown apples.

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Hungry for more

Lack of funding is preventing the growth of breakfast and food programs in Scarborough schools. The Toronto Partners for Student Nutrition (TPSN) placed a moratorium on the division of municipal and provincial funding that provides subsidy for existing breakfast and food programs in schools.