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.

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Student nutrition programming in First Nations communities

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Some promising and innovative practices among student nutrition programs in New Brunswick presented by Cheyenne Mary, New Brunswick program coordinator at Canadian Feed the Children.

Principals' Perceptions of the School Food Environment in Alberta

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During the 2014/2015 academic year, the Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention (APCCP), Alberta Food Matters (AFM), and University of Alberta researchers conducted a survey of school principals in Alberta to understand their perceptions of the school food environment. 
The purpose of the survey was to provide a snapshot of school food in the province of Alberta. More specifically, the survey aimed to provide a better understanding of the types of school food programs, policies and initiatives in place within Alberta schools.  

Your Food: Is consumer demand changing the fast food landscape?

CARMEN CHAI: In 2012, Texas mom Bettina Siegal learned about pink slime, a notorious ground beef made with different parts of trimmings and fat. The U.S. national school lunch program was purchasing seven million pounds of the “finely texturized meat-based product” – this didn’t sit well for the mom.

Breakfast programs fuel SD43 learners

DIANE STRANDBERG: School District 43 is serving breakfast to students in the morning thanks to community efforts and local fundraising. But feeding kids isn’t just about filling hungry stomachs, says the district’s community connections co-ordinator who is behind the surge in support for meal programs.