NEW Tastebuds Guide

We are very happy to announce that the Tastebuds’ Guide is available!


The Guide includes information about reporting, fundraising, menu

planning, budgeting, volunteer management, food sourcing and

Webtracker. We want this to be a one-stop shop for student nutrition

program volunteers to find updated information for running a

successful breakfast, morning meal or snack program.

You can download the Tastebuds Guide by visiting


Budgeting and Fundraising Workshop


Budgeting for your student nutrition program to ensure your funding will last all school year, and fundraising strategies that have been tried and tested in schools for nutrition programs. Snacks and refreshments will be served.


Tuesday, February 28 • 10am – 12pm
Dr John M. Perkins Centre
1429 Main Street East


Wednesday, March 1 • 4pm – 6pm
Nora Frances Henderson Secondary School
75 Palmer Drive


For additional information:
(905) 522-1148, Ext. 106 or email gevans@tastebudshamilton.ca

The Great Big Crunch


Crunch Down Thursday, March 9, 2017!

Tastebuds’ invites students across Hamilton to take a great big crunch into locally grown apples all at the same time!

Register your students by February 13, 2017 to take a giant, synchronized crunch into an apple and learn about local food and healthy eating.

To participate, register online at

All anew_Drummond logopples for this year’s crunch has been generously donated by Drummond Farm!

* Open to Tastebuds supported schools and programs only

On your mark. Get set. CRUNCH!

1. Run the Great Big Crunch at your program any time on Thursday, March 9!

2. For more information and activity ideas, check out Tastebuds’ Great Big Crunch Activity Guide, and check out last year’s album for inspiration!

3. Share your Crunch stories and photos by tweeting @TastebudsSNC #greatbigcrunch or emailing gevans@tastebudshamilton.ca 


The Great Big Crunch FlyerPDF version of Tastebuds' Great Big Crunch flyer for 2017.English

Activity GuideA fun resource that has apple-related activities, facts, and even colouring pages.English

Great Big Crunch AlbumsThe Great Big Crunch albums showcase crunches across Hamilton nutrition programs.2015 Album

2014 Album

Contact Grace Evans or by calling (905) 522-1148 ext. 106 to find out more information.

Feast on the Farm

Tastebuds & Pearle Hospitality present:





Join us for our third annual dinner to celebrate the beginning of the growing season in southern Ontario. Previously hosted at the historic Ancaster Mill, this year’s event will be out on the farm, at Pearle Hospitality’s Earth to Table Farm. Gather your friends and family to sample plates of beautifully prepared local cuisine. Through the feast there will be live local music, a silent auction and a chance to interact with local farmers and chefs. Proceeds from this event will support Tastebuds, Hamilton’s Student Nutrition Collaborative and 3Acres, Tastebuds’ Local Harvest Program.

 Click here to download the flyer!

Thursday, May 26, 2016
5:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
The Earth to Table Farm
250 4th Concession Road W
(12 minutes from downtown Hamilton!)


Cash & Cheque accepted at 350 King Street East, Suite 104
(First Place Building)

All tickets include one complimentary beverage
$5 cash bar for wine and beer

General Admission – $ 75.00
Tastebuds’ Volunteer – $ 65.00
Group Special – $ 675.00
(10 tickets for the price of 9 + own table)


 5:30 P.M. – Cocktail hour –Let the music begin!
 6:30 P.M. – Welcome + food stations open, hosted by chefs and farmers
 7:30 P.M. – Tastebuds’ Feature Presentation
 8:00 P.M. – Food stations and live music continue
 9:00 P.M. – Silent auction closes
 9:30 P.M. – Food stations close – Silent auction and raffle announced
 10:00 P.M. – Safe travels home!

For more information, please contact Grace Evans at gevans@tastebudshamilton.ca or (905) 522-1148, Ext. 106

Harlem Globetrotter visits Hamilton school to talk student nutrition

Harlem Globetrotter, Buckets Blakes, will be joining FirstOntario’s cheque presentation of $250,000 for regional student nutrition programs on April 11. Tastebuds, Hamilton’s Student Nutrition Collaborative will be co-hosting the event at St. Joseph’s Elementary School and will also be a recipient of the new funding.

Anthony _Buckets_ Blakes poseThe Harlem Globetrotters are making their way to the FirstOntario Centre on April 15, in advance of their 90th Anniversary World Tour stop. FirstOntario Credit Union will bring Globetrotters star Buckets Blakes to visit St. Joseph’s Elementary School. Blakes will be speaking with the students about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 In addition to the cash contribution, student nutrition programs also receive volunteers through FirstOntario’s Blue Wave employee volunteer team who work across several regions to deliver healthy breakfast and snacks ensuring students get a nutritious meal to fuel a day of learning.

Over the past two years, FirstOntario’s investment of $500,000 to the Student Nutrition Program has helped support over 78,000 students by providing access to healthy food and snacks. That number will continue to grow with the mo

st recent donation of $250,000 for a combination of $750,000 in total.

FirstOntario at St. Joe's

Blakes will also be stopping by FirstOntario’s Centre on Barton branch in the afternoon, from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. on April 11 to sign autographs and meet with fans.

Tickets for the Harlem Globetrotters at FirstOntario Centre start at $20 and are now available at www.CoreEntertainment.ca, the Dan Lawrie Box Office at FirstOntario Centre, or by phone at 1-855-985-5000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at www.CoreEntertainment.ca.During the Globetrotter tour, the team will visit over 400 schools and community centres to talk to youth about education and physical fitness.

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