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:

Where to Eat in New Brunswick Schools

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A week after releasing an in-depth analysis of school cafeteria menus from around the province, New Brunswick’s doctors and dietitians are recognizing schools serving exceptional food with a “Where to Eat” guide. The guide is the final component of this year’s Make Menus Matter project (2015), undertaken jointly by the New Brunswick Medical Society and NB Dietitians in Action.

Healthy Kids Quest

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Take on the Healthy Kids Quest with your school!

This free resource package for teachers encourages students to make healthy lifestyle choices. The Healthy Kids Quest includes fun lesson plans that are suited to curricula across all of Canada’s provinces and territories. The Healthy Kids Quest can be downloaded from and meets cross-curricular requirements for grades one to three.

School Food FOCUS-The Pew Charitable Trusts Standard to Minimize the Use of Antibiotics in Poultry

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"The School Food FOCUS National Procurement Initiative (NPI) and The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) have honed a standard that reflects the concerns of FOCUS school districts about the public health impact of antibiotic overuse in food animal production.