It’s “Crunch” time!


Sault Ste. Marie, ON & Algoma District, March 12th, 2020: In recognition of March as Nutrition Month the Algoma Family Services’ Student Nutrition Program participated in the “Great Big Crunch” held on Thursday, March 12th at St Mary’s French Immersion Catholic School. Over 400 students and their teachers joined the Student Nutrition Team in crunching down on apples. The Great Big Crunch was first started in 2008 by FoodShare Toronto and has since had a total of 1.5 million people crunching for healthy school food.

The AFS Student Nutrition Program funded by the Ministry of Community, Children, and Social Services, works to improve the learning capacity, health and well-being of children by ensuring students have access to healthy food through school-based nutrition programs. The program provides assistance to schools implementing nutritious morning meals, snacks and lunches. Currently, the Student Nutrition Program has a presence in 97% of the schools throughout Algoma. In 2019, the Student Nutrition Program through its partnership with schools prepared over one million meals. These meals took the form of a breakfast, snack and/or lunch program. The Student Nutrition Program is also a proud sponsor of the City of Sault Ste. Marie Mayor’s Every Breakfast Count Programs, which offers nutritious meals to children in need through city hubs. This great program is provided through generous community donations and with the support of the City of Sault Ste. Marie and community partners.

“Good nutrition is the underpinning of good mental and physical health”, said Ali Juma, Algoma Family Services CEO. “We are incredibly proud of our small but mighty Student Nutrition Program team for their fun and creative ways in working with the schools, community, service partners, and students to promote good nutrition:
Algoma Family Services is a provider of specialized services for infant, children, youth, adults and families in the Algoma District. Our services are evidence-based, client-centered, family- focused and delivered by a team of skilled professionals.

For more information about the Student Nutrition Program, please contact:
Student Nutrition Program
Algoma Family Services