From its mission statement: “Niagara Nutrition Partners (NNP) is committed to supporting sustainable nutrition programs for all school age children in the Niagara Region through the involvement and participation of all community partners in order to maximize healthy child/youth development.”
NNP has been co-ordinating school and community-based food programs since 1998. At this time, more than 24,000 students are served daily at over 200 programs across the region. Funding from the Ontario government has remained stagnant for a number of years. But local partners, like FirstOntario Credit Union, step up annually contributing dollars and volunteers so young people have healthy, balanced meals and snacks at school.
Program Manager Jess Stephenson explains what it takes, and what future actions are needed, to ensure all students across Canada can Eat. Learn. Succeed.