BREAKING: Key Breakthrough on Toronto School Nutrition Programs

Sep 14, 2017 | CIJA Publications, Community Partners, Media, Toronto

Tens of thousands in our community struggle daily with the challenges of poverty. Children, many of whom attend independent schools, are among the most vulnerable.

Consistent and ample access to nutritious meals is an essential part of poverty relief. The City of Toronto’s Student Nutrition Program is a proven way to ensure that no child is forced to suffer from hunger in the classroom. CIJA, in partnership with UJA Federation’s Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education, has been working closely with city officials over the past few years to encourage an expansion of the Nutrition Program to include students who attend independent schools, including Jewish day schools.

Yesterday, the City of Toronto Medical Officer of Health tabled a report and recommendations to the Board of Health Budget Committee that endorses CIJA’s recommendations that the Nutrition Program include students who attend independent schools. 

This is only the first step in the process. The report will now be forwarded to the Board of Health and City Council for consideration. This remains a core priority for CIJA, and we will continue working constructively with city staff and councilors to support this much-needed policy change. 

Are you concerned about poverty? Let us know – we will keep you updated on this and other poverty-related issues and policy developments.


Berl Nadler, Chair
CIJA Toronto

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