Healthy Bites

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Please note that this year’s Healthy Bites Program is now Full. Registration is closed.

We are happy to announce that Healthy Bites will continue to serve lunches for the 2018/2019 school year! It is our mission to offer fresh, nutritious lunches, which reflect the values and tastes of our community and follow Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating. While we cannot guarantee an environment free of specific foods, we are allergy aware.

Registration is limited to the first 200 students.  Subsidies are available upon request.

The program begins on Monday, September 10, 2018 and will be offered every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the 2018/19 school year. No adjustments and no refunds for missed lunches. There is no daily fee. All participating students must be registered.

If you have any questions please contact:

Jennifer Hara at healthybites@johnenglish.ca

About the Program

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

Lunches consist of a salad bar, with a minimum of 4 raw vegetables, a salad, and 3 types of raw fruit, as well as an entrée which includes either an animal or vegetarian protein and a source of whole grains.

If you have any questions please contact:

Jennifer Hara, Program Manager, at healthybites@johnenglish.ca.

Call for Volunteers

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.
Commitment: 3 hour shift 9am – 12pm as little as once a month, choice of days Monday through Thursday.
Interested volunteers should 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 Cobbs at Humbertown Shopping Centre (Royal York & Dundas)
Commitment: once per month on Sunday evenings just before 6:00 p.m. The bread then has to be delivered to the school on Monday morning.
Due to the very large volume of baked goods to be picked up and transported (sometime 5 or more garbage bags full) a minivan or station wagon with empty flattened backseat area is recommended for this task.
Interested volunteers should contact Mary-Anne Muzos at healthybites@johnenglish.ca.

 

Sample Menus:

We strive to use all natural, and when possible, organic ingredients. Most everything is made on site, including sauces and salad dressings.

Here are some examples of meals we’ve served this year:

Sample #1

  • chicken or vegetarian stir fry with brown rice
  • salad bar:  Asian crunch salad (iceberg lettuce, chow mien noodles, mandarin oranges), carrots, snow peas, grape tomatoes, cucumber, turnips, apples, bananas, melon

Sample #2

  • baked ziti (brown rice pasta, cheddar and ricotta cheeses, tomato sauce), whole wheat bread & butter
  • salad bar:  Caesar salad, celery, carrots, cucumber, red pepper, broccoli, pears, pineapple, grapefruit, banana muffins

Sample #3

  • cheese quesidillas (whole grain tortillas, cheddar cheese) dips: salsa, yogurt
  • salad bar: tossed salad with avocado ranch dressing, zuchinni, carrots, snap peas, green pepper, cauliflower, apples, kiwi fruit, grapes, fruit bread

Sample #4

  • chicken noodle or butternut squash soup, whole grain bread & butter
  • salad bar: tossed salad with creamy garlic dressing, hummus, cucumber, turnip, carrots, grape tomatoes, yellow pepper, clementines, canteloupe, bananas

Sample #5

  • quiches: Lorraine (ham & cheese) & broccoli cheddar, whole grain bread & butter
  • salad bar: coleslaw with dried fruit, carrots, yellow peppers, asparagus, celery, parsnip, apples, watermelon, blackberries with yogurt