Fuelling Student Success at the TDSB
Making the connection between what we eat and how it affects health and wellness is one of the most important lessons we can learn. At the TDSB, we want to support student health and wellness by promoting healthy eating throughout the school community.
Student Nutrition Programs
Toronto District School Board, through its Nutrition Foundation Statement, recognizes the direct relationship between healthy nutrition and academic achievement of our students. Well-nourished children and youth are ready and able to learn in our classrooms.
The TDSB is committed to working with its community partners to ensure that students have equitable access to high quality school-based nutrition programs and curriculum opportunities that promote healthy eating.
Our Nutrition Liaison Officers support close to 600 programs in 420 schools; feeding over 150,000 students per day. Contact us to find out more.
Coordinator, Student Nutrition Program 416 394-7435
Michelle Murdock - Learning Centre 1
Mary Molinaro – Learning Centre 2
Durward Anthony – Learning Centre 3
Lynne Martens – Learning Centre 4
Feeding hungry students
Access to fresh and affordable food is a starting point to a healthy diet. Lack of access to healthy foods has affected both low-income urban and rural communities for decades and food insecurity is an ongoing issue for many students and families across the city. Student nutrition programs make a profound difference for many students every day. Research shows the significant role nutrition programs play in attendance and academic success. Study released by the TDSB.
To find out more about student nutrition programs and how our community partners support the programs, please visit
Toronto Foundation for Student Success
Toronto Public Health Student Nutrition
For more information or if you are interested in volunteering with the nutrition program at your child’s school, please speak to your principal or see frequently asked questions.
Building healthy eating habits
Students can face many obstacles to maintaining good health. An increasing availability of high calorie, low nutrient food can make healthy choices difficult and is contributing to rising levels of obesity in adults and kids. Obesity affects children both physically and mentally and can prevent them from reaching their potential.
Students can experience pressure to achieve an “ideal” body size and shape that is often unrealistic and can lead to a variety of eating disorders which are damaging to one’s health and can even be fatal. Learn more at Health Starts with a Healthy Body Image. Also check out our health and physical education page to read more on how the TDSB is preventing childhood obesity by getting kids active.
Growing healthy right in the schoolyard
Our schools, especially elementary schools, are increasingly tapping into the benefits of food gardens. Schoolyard gardens provide opportunities for children to dig and have fun, learn how to grow food, study nutrition, taste healthy foods, and examine environmental and social issues related to food and food security.
A fresh approach on the menu
We recognize the important role school cafeterias can play in your health or your child’s health. We believe you can make healthy choices if you are given healthy alternatives to traditional cafeteria fare. The TDSB is committed to providing students with nutritious and also delicious snack and lunch options in our cafeterias.
Ontario's School Food and Beverage Policy requires at least 80 percent of food served in school cafeterias to be fresh produce, whole grains and extra-lean meats.
Healthy Learning. Healthy Living
The Healthy Learning Health Living initiative is focused on changing the lifestyle of students, families and communities to enhance food literacy and adoption of health and nutritious eating habits. It includes a variety of approaches such as community outreach, education, curriculum, marketing and funding. One aspect of the initiative, My Food My Way, is a nutrition campaign that strives to engage high school students through food literacy and cafeterias. As part of this, taste testing sessions were hosted in April 2014 to develop new recipes for TDSB cafeterias. All items were in line with the healthy food guidelines and were developed by George Brown College’s Food Innovation Research Studio.