St. Maurice Catholic School
Breakfast volunteers at St. Maurice Catholic School
Name: St. Maurice Catholic School, Morning Meal Program
Program Coordinator: Jennifer Lawson Tozzi
#1 Health Goal: My number one health goal for the students at St. Maurice Catholic School is for them to start their day with a nutritious morning meal. Each day I see students coming to school hungry and I know that for many of them the morning meal is an important part of their day. Nutritious food is a vital part of the morning meal but the program is also about developing a community where the kids feel safe, secure, and loved.
Biggest Challenge: Our biggest challenge is the time and money it costs to organize and shop for the morning meal program. I spend most of my day at school making sure the children are well fed, filling out appropriate paperwork, and grocery shopping at multiple stores in order to get the best deal on nutritious food. It's a lot of work but it's important to do.
Biggest Accomplishment: We have experienced many accomplishments in our morning meal program. Students are learning to eat new types of food, teachers have noticed an improvement in students' behavior and attention span, and public health has reported a dramatic decrease in tooth decay. One of our biggest accomplishments is that the morning meal program has become the heart of our school and has helped create a beautiful sense of community, love, and trust. This program could not be successful without the full support of our principal, Ms. Carbone and our dedicated community volunteers.
We will continue to Live Right Now by: Continuing to serve high quality food in our morning meal program and keeping our open-door, no-questions-asked policy so that all students can be well nourished and ready to learn.
Personal Tip for Canadians: A hungry child is a distracted child. School nutrition programs nourish a child's mind and body in an environment where all are welcomed and loved.