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:

Food Flair Early Learning Practitioners Resource

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Children learn about food and eating from the examples of the adults and other children around them. Food Flair offers suggestions for early learning practitioners as they create an environment in which young children enjoy eating healthy foods and learn to make healthy choices. 

Ann Cooper: What's wrong with school lunches

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Ann Cooper talks about the coming revolution in the way kids eat at school -- local, sustainable, seasonal and even educational food.

Stephen Ritz: A teacher growing green in the South Bronx

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A whirlwind of energy and ideas, Stephen Ritz is a teacher in New York's tough South Bronx, where he and his kids grow lush gardens for food, greenery -- and jobs. Just try to keep up with this New York treasure as he spins through the many, many ways there are to grow hope in a neighborhood many have written off, or in your own.

Growing Up Organic in Ottawa

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The Canadian Organic Growers started the Growing Up Organic Project to increase access to and awareness of local, organic foods amongst youth. The CoG built school gardens in 22 schools in Ottawa, and hosted various field trips for students to experience farms and farmers in an outdoor classroom.

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