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:

The Farm to School Census (USDA)

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Of the 13,000 public school districts surveyed, 43% are working to bring local foods into schools. The estimated impact on local food economies? $354,599,266 annually.

Food education should be a priority in Canadian classrooms

Children need to learn more than how to read and write at school—they should also be learning about a healthy diet, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report.

Nourishing Young Minds – A Review of the Student Nutrition Program in Toronto

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This report highlights key elements of a review of the Student Nutrition Program. Toronto Public Health conducted the collaborative review to examine how the City of Toronto can maximize the benefits derived from its investment in Toronto programs, while also strengthening program sustainability. 

Use nutrition education to fight obesity

Manitoba Education recently has made physical education mandatory for all high school grades as the strategy to address child obesity. Such a strategy, however, addresses only one of the two relevant problems, and not necessarily the most important one.

Expo focuses on helping youth make healthy meal choices

Public Health and Peel Action Team for Health (PATH) is hosting the first Peel Student Food Expo, an event geared to educating youth on the benefits of healthy living. 

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