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:

With Toronto's Good Food Café, Jesus Gomez is proving that kids will eat their broccoli - and love it

Rebecca Tucker: For some in the service industry, dealing with children is a pet peeve - just ask Grant Achatz. But for Chef Jesus Gomez, who runs FoodShare Toronto's Good Food Cafe program, serving tots is a way of life, and one that has its own unique set of perks.

"Working with kids is, at times, the most flattering thing," Gomez said during a phone interview on Valentine's Day. "As sincere as they can be, they tell you straight up, 'I don't like it because it looks awful.' We get many, many responses, but for 90% of what we're making, they have good feedback." 

B.C. MP James Moore: ‘Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so'

As first reported by Sara Norman of Vancouver radio station News1130, Industry Minister James Moore has offered his opinions on civic duty in light of increasingly damning reports regarding the state of child poverty in Canada.

"We've never been wealthier as a country than we are right now. Never been wealthier," the MP for the B.C. riding of Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam said. "Certainly, we want to make sure that kids go to school full-bellied, but is that always the government's job to be there to serve people their breakfast?

School Food 101 – They Ate Lunch

Posted by Robyn Shyllit

Fresh in the midst of a busy fall full of school food programs and action planning, the buzz of the Auditor General’s Annual Report referencing the ineffectiveness of PPM 150 spawned this morning’s editorial “Nutrition 101: The failed lunch” and a sour feeling in our stomachs.

GFSA Network - Community Building for Food Security workbook

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This Community Building for Food Security workshop and this accompanying workbook (CBFS) was developed using Nova Scotia's "Thought About Food" Resource enhanced with an Asset Based Community Develpment approach.  It has been used effectively by Alberta rural, urban, and Fist Nations communties in Alberta for over 8 years.   Evaluations have been conducted and can be found on the web site.

There is also a faciltator guide to accompany the CBFS workbook.  It is also in this resources list .