School food programs offer a wide range of benefits to students and their communities that would advance the federal Healthy Eating Strategy and Food Policy for Canada. A cost-shared investment in healthy, universal school food programs would address many of the issues that Canadians have identified as priorities across the Food Policy for Canada’s four themes of food security, health and food safety, environment, and economic growth.
Grassroots organizations, charities, and provincial funding enable one in five children in Canada to access a school food program, and yet Canada is the only G7 country without a National School Food Program. A federal investment would leverage these efforts to expand their impact and improve all children’s health and educational outcomes, lowering future healthcare costs while supporting farmers and local economies.
Read more about a universal cost-shared national school food program in the backgrounder below, developed in partnership with the Coalition for Healthy School Food.