Raising the Bar on School Food Programs

Raising the bar for school food programs may appear to be an ambitious and broad-based project! However, as part of a pilot phase, we rose to the challenge with a great deal of enthusiasm and success! Creating, exchanging, sharing and engaging were the key words of this project aimed at building up knowledge and creating opportunities to discuss with a widened circle of people in order to advance a universal school food program across Canada.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING AND SHARING KNOWLEDGE
From the onset, the priority was given to sharing knowledge with the launch of a series of webinars showcasing different models of promising and innovative school food programs throughout the country. Further addressing this issue, a guide on promising and innovative school food practices in Canada is being prepared jointly with the Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF). The goal is to develop a common understanding of such programs.
Listen to one of the webinars on school food programs:

“THINKING OUTSIDE THE LUNCH BOX” – a model of multisectorial roundtables
Coming up with an ideal school food program for their communities and Québec as a whole is the objective set by the participants who attended the roundtable discussions in Montréal on May 29, 2015 and in Wendaké on June 4, 2015. Thanks to our collaboration with the Breakfast Club and the Collectif de la Table des Écoliers, they were close to fifty in Montréal and approximately fifteen in Wendaké representing school boards, health agencies, community and social economy organizations, municipalities and band councils. They developed a common vision of a universal school food program and the steps needed to make it a reality. To be continued...

  • Montreal report (coming soon)
  • Wendake report (coming soon)

For more information on the roundtable model developed for the project, please refer to our animation guide.

THE BEST IS YET TO COME!
Raising the bar for school food programs has never before been within closer reach and we hope to continue this work, go even further in terms of engagement, research and education and—as was the case with the roundtable discussions held in Montreal and Wendake—broaden the conversation on a universal school food program throughout Canada. A guide on promising and innovative school food programs has been developped, this is a working progress. Stay tuned!
JOIN THE CHILDREN AND FOOD NETWORK to reach out to other members and receive news and notifications via email.

Raising the Bar for School Food Programs is an initiative of Food Secure Canada (FSC) that is funded by Quebec en Forme, a member of the Coalition for Healthy School Food.
For more information on the Raising the Bar on School Food Programs project, communicate with programs@foodsecurecanada.org

 



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