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Appetite for learning

An invitation to lunch in Ontario schools.

By Steve Brearton

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Infographic illustrating statistics about education in Ontario. Long description follows.
Infographics: Marlo Biasutti/Studio141

An illustrated infographic titled By The Numbers: Appetite for Learning by Steve Brearton. The infographic is divided into five sections.

The first section is called Nutrition Calculator and lists the following data for the number of students receiving meals and snacks through and Ontario's Student Nutrition Program: From 2005 to 2006 there were 253,000 students. From 2007 to 2008 there were 315,000 students. From 2009 to 2010 there were 500,000 students. From 2013 to 2014 there were 756,800 students.

The next section is titled Food Source and lists the following data for the top three sources of student's school lunches in Canada. 81% packed lunches.10% cafeteria or lunch program. 9% other.

The next section is titled Packing List and presents the following data for the six most common items found in packed school lunches. 59% sandwiches. 42% snackfood. 34% fruit. 28% desserts. 28% water. 24% sugar-sweetened drinks.

The next section is titled Food Fight and displays the following data for challenges parents face when providing healthy lunches and snacks for children. 22% child is a picky eater. 18% introducing different menu choices. 14% lack of time to make lunch. 12% cost of healthier foods. 9% unable to find healthy options. 4% child demands unhealthy food.

The next section is called waste not and presents the following data on participants in Ontario's 2014 waste-free lunch challenge. 49 district school boards. 400 elementary schools. 115,000 elementary students. 30 kg is the average amount of lunch waste generated by the average elementary student.