The Ontario Student Nutrition Program – Southwest Region (OSNP-SW) administers funding and provides program support to 480+ schools across Southwestern Ontario. OSNP-SW is a program housed within the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), Windsor-Essex site. VON is 1 of 14 Lead Agencies part of the provincial body Student Nutrition Ontario (SNO) who administer provincial grant funds to support the development and implementation of healthy breakfasts, snack and at times, lunch programs across the province.
Student nutrition programs serve thousands of children across the province to ensure that they attend school well nourished and ready to learn. We believe in a universal program, meaning one open to all students as there are many reasons why children and youth arrive at school without eating breakfast other than household food insecurity. This also includes, but not limited to:
- Early morning extracurricular activities,
- Lack of time in the morning,
- Lack of appetite upon rising,
- Long commutes to school,
- Getting ready on their own in the morning,
- Preferring to eat breakfast with their peers, and/or
- They’re growing and just hungry . . . again!
A school has a choice of a Healthy Snack Program, a Blended Program, and a Meal Program (Breakfast or Lunch). Click here to learn more about our program models. School food programs provide multiple dividends. Click here to learn more about the impact of student nutrition programs.
Student nutrition programs rely on our generous volunteers. Their commitment, dedication, and support are essential to the ongoing operation and success of student nutrition programs. Click here to learn more about volunteering at a school near you!