Fall Update from the
Ontario Student Nutrition Program, Southwest Region

Welcome back to another exciting school year! We have some important updates for you!




OSNP is Growing!

Our Ministry funding expanded again this fall and we were able to take on 13 new breakfast programs.  OSNP, Southwest Region is now proudly supporting over 110,000 students at 480+ schools which will serve nearly 15 million snacks and meals this school year!

Expansion of Bulk Food Purchasing System 

Schools across the majority of the region can now order fresh fruits, vegetables and other items from our bulk food purchasing system.  Weekly orders can be placed on the OSNP website and food will be delivered directly to the front door.  Our new secure online ordering system now tracks schools’ OSNP food credits and cash balances. Schools can now check the status of their orders and cash remaining at any time. Grey-Bruce and Huron-Perth are the only communities in our region who are not able to access the system but we will be piloting smaller scale initiatives in 2016 in an effort to offer these areas similar service.


 Piloting a Unique Student Nutrition Program Model in Chatham-Kent 

OSNP is pleased to be working with our community partners in Chatham-Kent for the third year in a row to deliver the CK Farm 2 School pilot program.  This multi-year pilot seeks to address many of the challenges experienced by student nutrition programs across the region including: volunteer shortages, difficulties shopping for food, funding shortfalls, administrative issues as well as missed opportunities to serve local food and educate students about the food being served in programs. 

A huge THANK YOU goes out to our Chatham-Kent partners in public health and education for their dedication to this unique service delivery pilot program. In this model, sixteen participating pilot schools will switch to a common ten week rotational menu.  OSNP then sources the food from local farmers or discount wholesalers and delivers it direct to the door of the school along with a simple educational piece about the produce being served.  We are able to offer pilot schools this program free of charge because of special grant funding and a new unique partnership with Breakfast Clubs of Canada and The Grocery Foundation.  In exchange, pilot schools are participating in a research study evaluating student health outcomes and effectiveness of this centralized program delivery model. Menu items are planned and purchased from farmers in Chatham-Kent whenever possible.   

OSNP is continuing to focus on strategies to get more good food direct to the door of schools for the lowest possible price.  In 2016, we plan to engage communities across the region in this dialogue! Stay tuned for more details. 

Re-launch of Say YES To Good Food In Schools Campaign  


The “Say Yes to Good Food in Schools” campaign re-launched on Sept 28, 2015. The purpose of this campaign is to build awareness about OSNP – SWR and the importance of feeding children nutritious food in schools. In just under 3 months the campaign has garnered over 10,000 Pledges! Join the health food movement by Taking the Pledge at www.sayyes.studentnutritionpledge.com!

We have also have an short Campaign Overview Video that we created especially for you: our important partners! Please watch to learn more about OSNP – SWR, the benefits of student nutrition programs, how to Take the Pledge and become a Community Champion! Visit our Youtube Channel "Ontario Student Nutrition Program Southwest Region" or click here to watch our 8 minute Say Yes Video (special thanks to Sustain Ontario for assistance creating this video).

  Campaign Overview Video

Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) is proud to be a lead partner on the National Coalition for Healthy School Food

The Coalition for Healthy School Food is seeking a $1 billion investment phased in over 5 years by the federal government in a cost-shared Universal Healthy School Food Program that will enable all students in Canada to have access to healthy meals at school every day. The vision is to build on existing programs across the country, where all schools will eventually serve a healthy meal or snack at little or no cost to students. These future programs will include food education and serve culturally appropriate, local, sustainable food to the fullest extent possible.

Did you know?
The Ontario Student Nutrition Program (OSNP) in the Southwest is just 1 of 15 regional lead Agencies across Ontario.
- The Victorian Order of Nurses is the administrative agency that houses the OSNP program in the South West.
- You can read the Coalition for Healthy School Food's position paper here.

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Ontario Student Nutrition Program, Southwest Region