School Nutrition Program Volunteer

(Halton Food for Thought, Student Nutrition Programs)

Position ID: V-HVC0193 Last Full Update: 15 Jul 2021
Opportunity Details
CommentsJoin a group of community members who believe in the importance of providing healthy food to Halton students! 
Student Nutrition Program volunteers work in schools to prepare and serve food to hungry kids. All of our programs operate during the school year (September to June) and can run either before or during school hours. You can chose to work between 7:00 am up to 12:00 pm depending on the school.
ContactNancy Rumple, Executive Director, Halton Food For Thought; Phone: 289-288-4110; Email:
Duties-Shopping for food for our programs. 
-Online ordering of food for our programs. 
-Preparing meals and snacks for students to eat; most programs do not involve cooking, but most have some cutting of fresh fruits and vegetables and minimal preparation of other food items. 
-Setting up for food service which can include setting up chairs and tables, cleaning the eating and food preparation surfaces and putting out dishes and food.  
-Post-program cleanup; this can include doing dishes, putting food away, cleaning tables and putting away chairs. 
-Monthly reporting and financial tracking; this involves working with school staff to obtain account balances and submitting totals to HFFT each month. 
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BenefitsHFFT volunteers know that they are making a difference in the lives of the students they serve. Student Nutrition Programs ensure that all students have access to the healthy food they need to learn and grow.  
Being a part of our amazing team of over 2,100 volunteers (including 1060 students) throughout Halton Region means that you care about the success of Halton Students.  
Our programs are great for volunteers of all ages.  
- Many Seniors find our programs a great way to connect to children in their community.  
- For newcomers to Canada, our programs can be a great way to connect and meet new people in a safe and reliable environment.  
- Students may volunteer in our programs but may find it difficult to volunteer outside of their own school. Many high schools have students volunteering before school in their breakfast programs. This is a convenient way to earn volunteer hours right in your own school.  
- Corporate volunteers find that volunteering in our programs is a great way to connect to the communities they serve. Corporations and businesses can sponsor a school and provide employees to volunteer throughout the school year.  
- Working parents who want to get involved in a school. Many of our programs are wrapped up before 9:00 am so that volunteers are able to get to their full-time jobs on time.
ClientsHFFT Student Nutrition Programs are open to all students within a school community regardless of their ability to pay. Currently, over 80,000 students have access to HFFT programs in more than 130 schools across Halton (Burlington, Oakville, Milton/Halton Hills). Our programs serve children from Junior Kindergarten (age 4) through High School and alternative High School students as old as 19. We work in both the Halton District and Halton Catholic District School Boards.
Ages16 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDYes
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Youth (12-18) ; Highschool students ; Post-secondary students ; Newcomers / English as a second language ; Community Groups ; Workplaces / Corporate Groups
Areas of InterestCommunity / Neighbourhood Volunteering ; Community Outreach ; Education Support (Early Years) ; Education Support (Tutoring / Instruction) ; Food Services / Nutrition ; Fundraising / Canvassing ; Health Care ; Social Interaction ; Youth Engagement
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Team Work ; Working with Children ; A passion for connecting to your community and feeding children.  
No food handling or nutrition skills are needed as full training is provided.  
HFFT asks that volunteers are dependable and agree to commit to their volunteer position for the duration of the school year.  
All volunteers 18+ need to provide a current Police Check with Vulnerable Sector screening as per school board policies.
Commitment LengthOne Time / Special Event ; Medium Term (4 months to 1 year) - Programs operate between September and June each school year. ; Volunteers can select how involved they wish to become. Many volunteers work on a weekly basis, but you can work daily, bi-weekly or monthly depending on your availability.  
Volunteers must commit to working for the duration of the school year and should be reliable once their volunteer times & days have been determined.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Small Group
Minimum Hours5 / Month
Dates and TimesPrograms operate within schools between 7:00 am and 12:00 pm between September and June. Programs do not run during the summer.  
We do not have any evening or weekend volunteers opportunities at this time.
SeasonsSchool year September to June
AccessibilityFully Accessible ; All programs are delivered within schools.
LocationVarious schools in Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Acton, Georgetown
Number of PositionsActon: 5 individual(s) ; Burlington: 20 individual(s) ; Georgetown: 5 individual(s) ; Milton: 10 individual(s) ; Oakville: 10 individual(s) 
50 individual(s) needed in total. 
We have 200+ programs in more than 130 schools across Halton and will meet with you to determine the best fit for your needs.
TrainingOrientation ; Scheduled training ; Training on the job ; Training on-going ; All volunteers are given an orientation to our programs and will receive training from experienced volunteers on-site.  
Food Handling training is provided on site as well as through Halton Region.
TransportationNear public transit ; Most of our school sites are on public transit routes.
CostVolunteers 18+ are required to pay for a Halton Region Police Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening. This is not a HFFT requirement but is mandatory for volunteers within the Halton District School Board and Halton Catholic District School Board. This typically costs $25-$40. See Halton Region for more details/pricing/turnaround time.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsStudents who are interested in acquiring volunteer hours may volunteer at their own school as long as it is outside of normal class hours.
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Organization NameHalton Food for Thought, Student Nutrition Programs
Office Phone289-288-4110
Address & Map
5063 North Service Rd, Suite 100
Burlington, ON L7L 5H6
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