Coalition for Healthy School Food

The Coalition for Healthy School Food comprises over 30 organizations from across Canada that are seeking an investment by the federal government in a cost-shared Universal Healthy School Food Program that will enable all students in Canada to have access to healthy meals at school every day. Building on existing programs across the country, all schools will eventually serve a healthy meal or snack at little or no cost to students. These programs will include food education and serve culturally appropriate, local, sustainable food to the fullest extent possible.

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All children should have access to healthy food at school. We need to lay the foundation for healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime and ensure that learning is not hindered by a lack of access to good food.

Did you know?

Canada remains one of the few industrialized countries without a national school food program. Canada’s current patchwork of school food programming reaches only a small percentage of our over 5 million students.  Only federal government policy can ensure universal coverage of the population.


The Coalition's position paper is available here.


For more information, please contact Sasha McNicoll, Coalition for Healthy School Food Coordinator.


For a list of Coalition for Healthy School Food members, see below.

Our last news about children and schools:

Franchise Success: Entrepreneur Serves up Innovative Lunch Program in Schools

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As the kids head back to school next week, over a quarter million elementary students can look forward to nutritious hot and cold lunches in their schools thanks to the vision and perseverance of Canada's most successful entrepreneur in this sector.

Does Canada Need a National School Food Program?

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When you think of breakfast and lunch programs at public schools, it usually brings to mind kids and youth whose parents can't afford to keep their pantries stocked with enough food for three meals a day.

School meal and school nutrition program handbook

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The School Meal and School Nutrition Program Handbook has been created to support school meal coordinators, school administrators, caterers, and others who are involved in providing healthy food and beverages at school to vulnerable students. The Handbook includes general operational information and resources relating to School Meal and School Nutrition Programs, guidelines for serving healthy foods, sample menus, healthy substitutions and promising practices for feeding vulnerable students.

FoodShare Omnibus Report

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Strategic Communications fielded six questions for FoodShare, testing the Ontario public’s response to recent measures in Britain banning junk food in schools (F2) and exploring support for various measures to boost awareness of food issues (F3a) and promote healthier eating in Ontario’s public schools. 

Nourishing Food, Nourishing Knowledge

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First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) are among Canada’s most vulnerable populations and face a unique set of challenges related to nutritious food access, availability and use compared to the majority of Canadians. As a consequence, FNMI are at a much higher risk of household food insecurity. For the past 19 years, Canadian Feed The Children (CFTC) has been working in partnership with First Nations communities and schools with a focus on ensuring consistent, universal access to nutritious food for children in all partner schools and communities.