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February 19, 2016 – Councillors support Karygiannis’ bid to increase budget for Student Nutrition Program

Toronto City Councillors support Karygiannis’ bid to increase

budget for Student Nutrition Program

I am pleased that Toronto City Council supported my request to increase funding for Toronto Public Health’s Student Nutrition Program.

Council’s decision to increase funding by $109,000.00 for the Student Nutrition Program will help address the impact of increases in food costs. The Program is experiencing rising food costs and an increase demand, which it is struggling to meet, in the  higher-needs communities in Toronto.

During its 2016 Budget Meeting, Toronto City Council voted to amend the proposed 2016 Toronto Public Health Operating Budget by increasing the Student Nutrition Program by $109,000.00, to be offset by the Tax Stabilization Reserve.

The Student Nutrition Program provides meals and snacks to students in elementary and high schools, in Toronto, to help ensure that children and youth at risk for poor nutrition have access to safe and culturally appropriate nutritious food. According to Toronto Public Health, studies show that students who eat healthy meals are better able to focus on their studies.

The need for the program is great. In Ward 39, the Student Nutrition Program serves 2,380 students at ten locations in the community and, across Toronto, the Program reaches more than 176,600 students.

This year, in Ward 39, the Student Nutrition Program is scheduled to expand to Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute and Sir Ernest MacMillan Senior Public School.

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