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-based feeding programs: A good choice for children?

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A key informant study and literature review prepared by David I. Hay and commissioned by Childhood and Youth Division, Health Promotion and Programs Branch, Health Canada in July 2000.


Universal SNP Say Yes!

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What is meant by a “Universal Student Nutrition Program”?

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The benefits of school meal programs are extensive. As was documented in the Toronto District School Board’s Feeding our Future Evaluation Report (Muthuswami, 2012), students who participate in nutrition programs have positive educational and behavioural outcomes. In Ontario, Student Nutrition Programs (SNPs) provide healthy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks in schools.



Innovative school food programs

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Innovative school food programs
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