Student Nutrition Program: 2016 Operating Budget Request and Municipal Funding Plan to 2018
Medical Officer of Health October 09, 2015
This report includes a progress update of the municipal enhancement to the Student Nutrition Program during the first three years of the five-year plan (2013-17) endorsed by the Board of Health in 2012. In addition, an updated municipal funding plan, which extends the timeline by one year to 2018, is proposed, including a request to enhance the 2016 Operating Budget by $1,603,701.
The enhancement includes a food inflationary increase, an increase in the City's investment rate to 16% of total program costs, and funds for 49 new programs in publically funded schools serving higher need communities. Preliminary considerations of partnership opportunities for the Toronto Office of Partnership are highlighted.
Student nutrition programs are funded based upon a shared partnership model between parents/community, municipal, provincial, and private sectors. An increase in the municipal investment demonstrates the City's commitment to invest in children and calls to action other sectors and levels of government.