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:

Campuses drive local food purchasing: survey

Colleges and universities are driving local food procurement in the public sphere, according to a new survey by Farm to Cafeteria Canada. In total, 239 representatives from colleges and universities, public schools and health care facilities responded.

Schools, campuses show an appetite for local food

Most Canadian schools teach children about local foods as part of their regular curriculum, but only 14% have an offical policy or contract that requires local procurement, according to respondents to a national survey by Farm to Cafeteria Canada.

A Guide to Growing School Gardens in Alberta

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Hands-on experience with a school garden is an important step in helping young people to understand and appreciate the industry that grows, processes, and delivers safe, abundant food every day. The gardening process also encourages children to make healthy food choices.This manual offers support to teachers, students, and new school gardeners.

Local Foods: Canadian schools, campuses and health care facilities speak up

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Farm to Cafeteria Canada conducted the first nationwide survey of activities taken by Canadian schools, universities and colleges, and healthcare facilities to provide local food. The purpose of the online survey, conducted in 2012, was to better understand the activities underway within these settings, the barriers to and impact of such activities, and the types of assistance needed to propel activities forward.