Healthy Bites Hot Lunch Program

A modified version of this program is running for 2021/2022.

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We are happy to announce that Healthy Bites will be delivering healthy hot lunches for the 2021/22 school year for Grades 1 to 8. The modified program will include packaged lunches delivered to classrooms 3 times a week (Tuesday to Thursday). The program will begin on Tuesday, February 1/22.

The program is for 3 days per week option at a cost of $45/month. Payment for February will be due February 28, 2022 via e-transfer to healthybites@johnenglish.ca.

If you have any questions please contact Program Manager Jennifer Hara at healthybites@johnenglish.ca.

About the Program

Healthy Bites is a nutritious, hot lunch program run by Jennifer Hara, Mary-Anne Muzos, and Liz Canrinus, with assistance from the Toronto Foundation for Student Success.

Prior to 2020 Healthy Bites Lunches were offered in the school cafeteria, but due to Covid restrictions, will currently be delivered to students in their classrooms.

-> Volunteers Needed!

Healthy Bites is dependent on volunteers to run the program. If you can help with any aspect of the program, please let us know.

Weekday Daytime Volunteers Needed:
Healthy Bites urgently needs morning volunteers to assist with preparation and serving of lunch.

  • Time:  9am – 12pm
  • Days of the week: Tuesday through Thursday
  • Tasks: Meal preparation & serving
  • Contact: Mary-Anne Muzos at healthybites@johnenglish.ca

Sunday Evening Bread Pick up Volunteers Needed:
Volunteers are needed to pick up the “day olds” from Cobs Bread at Humbertown Shopping Centre (Royal York & Dundas).  The bread must be picked up Sunday evening then delivered to the school on Monday morning.  Due to the very large volume of baked goods to be picked up and transported (sometimes 5 or more large bins full) a minivan or station wagon with empty flattened backseat area is recommended for this task.

  • Time:
    • Once per month on Sunday before 6pm
    • The next Monday morning delivery to the school
  • Tasks: Drive to Humbertown Cobbs bread and pickup/deliver the baked goods
  • Contact:   Jennifer Hara at  healthybites@johnenglish.ca.

Sample Menus:

We strive to use fresh, natural ingredients and follow the Nutrition Guideline Summary for Student Nutrition Programs. Most everything is made on site, including sauces and salad dressings.  Every meal includes vegetables (raw and/or cooked), assorted fruit (varies on season) and a whole grain food.

Here are some examples of meals we’ve served:

Sample #1

  • Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Brown Rice

Sample #2

  • Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Butternut Squash

Sample #3

  • BBQ Chicken Thighs, Roasted Potatoes and Corn on the Cob

Sample #4

  • Fresh Roasted Turkey Breast on a Whole Wheat Bun

Sample #5

  • Chicken Caesar Salad with Fresh Baked Croutons