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:

School meal programs needed across Canada to address food insecurity

A new report is recommending provincial and territorial governments create a pan-Canadian program to fund school meals for vulnerable children.

If you want it done right, cook it yourself

Pamela Cuthbert: The lineups are long, the prices unbeatably low, and the bounty of fresh and fragrant foods irresistable. Welcome to the Good Food Café, a new high school cafeteria in Toronto that its operator, FoodShare, claims can be a model for all Canadian high schools. The prototype is simple: create a short menu, mostly vegetables, with mains such as lasagna ($3), sides such as baked beans ($0.50), plus a few desserts, like a pear tart, that feature fruits. Make everything tasty and from scratch.

National School Nutrition Program on the Menu at Parliamentary Finance Committee Pre-Budget Hearings

Montreal, QC - On November 20, 2012, Diana Bronson, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada (FSC), a national organization of hundreds of organizations and individuals, will appear before the Standing Committee on Finance to take part in the 2012 pre-budget hearings.