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:

Food insecurity and hunger: A review of the effects on children’s health and behaviour

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Food insecurity and hunger are significant problems in Canada, with millions of Canadians experiencing some level of food insecurity. The purpose of the present article is to review what is currently known about the effects of food insecurity and hunger on children.

Public procurement in Africa benefitting family farmers and schools

An innovative partnership spanning five African countries is providing important lessons on how governments can procure food for public institutions, such as schools, directly from small-scale family farmers. Modelled on Brazil’s achievements in fighting hunger and poverty, the Purchase from Africans for Africa programme (PAA Africa) helps promote local agricultural production while also improving livelihoods and nutrition.

For a Universal Healthy School Food Program

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The Coalition for Healthy School Food is seeking a $1 billion investment phased in over 5 years 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. 

Webinar: Close to Universal - Healthy School Food Programs in NS and NFL

Canada’s current patchwork of ad hoc, grant-based or privately or publicly funded school food programs are undertaken with different approaches.  We are launching a webinar series to showcase models of School Food Programs that are closest to a universal reach in order to raise the public profile of successful school food programs.

Watch the recording.

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