In a normal school year, the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) serves 2.5 million school breakfasts. By donating and purchasing Breakfast in Ottawa: ONFE’s Community Cookbook, you will be supporting K-12 students in every neighbourhood of the city, helping them start the day on equal footing with their peers.
The book features recipes from 21 well-loved Ottawa chefs, as well as the contributions of the community of School Breakfast Program supporters. Recipes have been submitted by Art-Is-In Bakery, Le Boulanger Français, Benny’s Bistro, Jax, Zak’s Diner, PURE Kitchen, Gezellig, Supply and Demand, Petit Bill’s Bistro, The Hintonburg Public House, among others.
1 in 5 children in Ottawa live in poverty. This means thousands of children, through no fault of their own, arrive at school hungry. This is a serious problem, because hungry kids can’t focus and learn.
ONFE’s School Breakfast Program is facing more demand than ever before, as families deal with the financial stress of the pandemic. From March to August 2020, ONFE served 710,436 meals to kids across the city of Ottawa through the School Breakfast Replacement Kits.
During the lockdown, ONFE knew there were kids in the community in need of a nutritious breakfast to successfully start and move through their at-home school day. Enter School Breakfast Learn-At-Home Kits.
Now that schools are back open, all public health precautions are taken while serving students. This approach, while safe and necessary, is three times more costly than regular operations.
Similar to the School Breakfast Replacement Kits that were delivered from March through August 2020, these kits are packed in a COVID-safe way and distributed across the city through Community Houses and local food cupboards. Each kit provides 1 months’ worth of school day breakfasts.
All proceeds from the cookbook support the Ottawa Network for Education’s School Breakfast Program, helping to serve 13,500 meals every single school day.
ONFE works with all 4 of Ottawa’s publicly funded school boards in both official languages. In fact, 81% of public schools in Ottawa have one or more ONFE programs on site. These programs include supporting health and learning through the School Breakfast and Classroom Gardens programs, recruiting skilled volunteers to help students overcome language differences or learning difficulties through Volunteers in Education and OttawaReads, and teaching essential financial literacy and career skills through JA Ottawa.
Order a print edition (deadline April 8, 2021) or an e-book (version electronique aussi disponible en français).
Order ONFE’s Community Cookbook in electronic format, and receive a tax receipt for $25.