What will you do to get healthy food into schools and the curriculum?
The Government of Ontario currently provides funding to support Student Nutrition Programs (SNPs) across the province. It is estimated that over the 2011-12 school year, close to 700,000 students participated in government supported breakfast, lunch and snack programs. The province has since made a number of additional funding commitments following the release of the Healthy Kids Strategy.
Evaluations of Ontario SNPs have shown that meal programs benefit academic achievement and learning outcomes, student health, classroom behaviour, school relationships, and a host of other indicators of student wellbeing. The significant efforts of coordinators, schools, and volunteers across the province are clearly making a difference.
While meals and snacks help students come to school ready to learn, these programs also offer major opportunities to bring related food literacy programming into schools. With the support of community partners, many SNPs across the province have been enabling students to learn about where food comes from, how to grow and prepare food, as well as to learn healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime.
Visit your municipality’s page to see how local candidates will Say Yes! to good healthy food in schools.
Explore the Say Yes! toolkit including backgrounders, opportunity briefs, and useful resources for making the case for Student Nutrition Programs and food literacy programming.
Are you running as a candidate for one of your local school boards?