Bev Gateman works out of what used to be a supply closet at the local high school.

From her cramped office she, alongside an army of volunteers, is responsible for feeding 12,000 students a day through 73 school breakfast programs under the provincial banner, Ontario Student Nutrition Program.

The program offers nutritional meals developed to fit the needs of individual schools and receives about 14 cents per student, per day.

“We do as much as we can, but we just don’t have enough money. I’m the only paid person in the whole of Grey-Bruce and everybody else volunteers their time,” Gateman said.