Coalition for Healthy School Food

The Coalition for Healthy School Food is a group of nearly 40 organizations from across Canada advocating for a national school food program. We seek 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.

Canada is one of the only industrialized countries without a national school food program and was recently ranked 37th of 41 countries around providing healthy food for kids. A Universal Healthy School Food Program would support the health, wellbeing and education of all Canadian children.



The Coalition's position paper is available here.


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


Our last news about children and schools:

What’s for lunch ?

It’s a question asked every day, thousands of times by students everywhere. What’s for breakfast? What’s for lunch? What’s for snack? And food is critical. It’s essential to students who are growing, learning, playing, and beginning their journey to adulthood. It’s especially important for those students who receive a majority of their calories through school. School is where students, on average, receive 35% of their calories. For food insecure students that increases to 50%. And for youth here in Vancouver it’s incredibly important. Over 2000 students go hungry every day.

Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs - Children and Youth

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NEW RESOURCE! The Best Practice Guidelines are intended to provide health and social service workers with approaches to incorporating mental health promotion principles and practices in interventions directed toward children and youth. 

Webinar: Dig into Canada's biggest school food program - Ontario

With 32 millions invested by the provincial governement and funding from municipal level, Ontario’s school food program is the biggest in Canada. 



Healthy School Food Lunches Have to Taste Good Too

School collaborations with a professionally trained chef to improve the taste of healthy meals significantly increased students’ consumption of fruits and vegetables, according to a new study led by researchers from 

Webinar: A journey into school fruits and vegetables programs in MB and BC

Hosted by: Food Secure Canada

THURSDAY, MAY 7th from 1:00- 2:00 PM EDT

Learn how provincial programs in Manitoba and in British Columbia support fruit and vegetable programs in their schools. 

watch the recording