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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Why?  

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:

Making the case: For healthy, freshly prepared school meals (PowerPoint)

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These materials show how school meals can help decision makers meet their responsibilities by maximizing opportunities for academic achievement and promoting the health and safety of the students in their care. They offer reassurance that improving school food can be good for school finances and the economic well-being of communities.

Making the Case is available at: 

www.ecoliteracy.org/downloads/making-case

Making the case: For healthy, freshly prepared school meals (PDF)

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These materials show how school meals can help decision makers meet their responsibilities by maximizing opportunities for academic achievement and promoting the health and safety of the students in their care. They offer reassurance that improving school food can be good for school finances and the economic well-being of communities.

Making the Case is available at: 

www.ecoliteracy.org/downloads/making-case

Student Nutrition Programs

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"Since the amalgamation of the school boards in Toronto in 1998, the number of student nutrition program participants has grown significantly. In 1998, the Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS) and our partners were supporting 20,000 students. Today, 15 years later, the TFSS proudly supports 699 programs and 152,502 children and youth."

Presentation introducing the Provincial and Territorial Guidance Document and its intended uses

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This is a powerpoint presentation, which introduces the Provincial and Territorial Guidance document and its intended uses. It was created and presented 19 February 2014 by Pat Martz, RD, project manager at Public Health and Wellness Branch, Health Services Division, Alberta Health.

Provincial and Territorial Guidance Document for the development of Nutrient Criteria for Foods and Beverages in Schools

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This technical document was prepared by the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Group on Nutrition Working Group on Improving the Consistency of School Food and Beverage Criteria (Working Group). This technical document is intended to: guide and support provinces and territories as they develop and revise their guidelines over time; and facilitate the food industry to develop or reformulate food and beverage products that use this nutrient criteria for procurement by jurisdictions school nutrition guidelines and policies.

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