Who is the Ontario Student Nutrition Program (OSNP) and what do they do?

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The Ontario Student Nutrition Program (OSNP) is a provincial initiative to provide nutritious food to children and youth, helping students attend school well nourished and ready to learn.

Student nutrition programs are community-based and rely on volunteers. The individuals who prepare and serve meals to students are usually parents/caregivers, teachers, principals and other school staff who are not paid for this work. Their commitment, dedication and support are essential to the ongoing operation and success of the programs.

In 2014-2015, OSNP provided nutritious breakfast and snacks to over 110,000 students at 480+ schools across southwestern Ontario. In fact, in the last school year alone, 14,464,152 breakfasts or snacks were served!

OSNP is just one of 15 regional lead agencies across Ontario. The Victorian Order of Nurses is the administrative agency that houses the OSNP program in the southwest to:

  • Provide grant funding for school breakfast, snack or lunch programs;

  • Provide start up assistance and ongoing support to programs;

  • Work with school boards, public health units and other community partners to develop a network of support for programs locally;

  • Advocate the importance of student nutrition programs; and

  • Invest in evidence based research to better understand the health and academic outcomes associated with program implementation.

To find out more about OSNP, please visit our main website, https://www.osnp.ca





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