Brant Food For Thought 2023


Reflection and growth

As we reflect on the past year, I am once again filled with immense gratitude for the unwavering support and dedication demonstrated by each member of ONFE’s community.

With an easing of pandemic restrictions, this past school year saw the return of our in-class Volunteers in Education program and JA Ottawa Programs, sizeable demand in students accessing the School Breakfast Program; our Classroom Gardens Program restarting towers; and the return of our in-person Spark Soirée at the Infinity Convention Centre.

Thank you to our donors and community partners for your unwavering commitment and financial support through the pandemic and beyond. Your support has enabled us to expand our reach and operate in a hybrid in-person and virtual environment. To our volunteers, you are the backbone of our organization, selflessly investing your time and expertise to igniting a love of learning in the hearts and minds of students.

To our parents and educators, you are invaluable partners on this journey. Your collaboration and trust have strengthened our ability to uplift Ottawa’s children and youth.

Thank you to our staff and Board of Directors for working to build a thriving ecosystem for local students. From JA mentorship initiatives that foster personal financial, entrepreneurship and career readiness to OttawaReads volunteers that unlock a world of imagination through the power of reading, to the over 16,000 meals served every school day through the School Breakfast Program, every ONFE endeavour is driven by a shared vision of a brighter future for the next generation.

As we embark on another school year, let us renew our commitment to make even more of an impact. Together, we fuel kids and ignite learning — empowering Ottawa students to reach new heights, dream without limits, and build a successful future.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Heather Norris
President and CEO
Ottawa Network for Education

School Breakfast Program

children and youth served every school day

area schools

volunteers daily

“Regrettably, many families in our community struggle to provide breakfast for their children before school. An empty stomach can hinder a student’s ability to learn and concentrate. School Breakfast Programs offer a nutritious way to start the day and help York Street Public School students focus and succeed. We deeply appreciate all who support these programs; the positive impact is evident and long-lasting for every student.“