In March 2013 Ontario’s Healthy Kids Strategy recommended a universal Student Nutrition Program for all Ontario publicly funded elementary and secondary schools. The recommendation put forward that programs should provide food literacy education including learning about where food comes from, the hands-on experience of cooking, and links to the school curriculum.
To build on this momentum, Sustain Ontario’s Edible Education Network has developed a toolkit of case studies, fact sheets, presentations, messages and stories to help decision-makers envision how a stronger school food environment could be advanced in Ontario. We hope that parents, teachers, program providers, and other advocates will be able to use these resources to make the case to their provincial, municipal, and school decision-makers for stronger school food programs for all of our kids.
Download the following resources to learn about how you can Say Yes! to Good Healthy Food in Schools:
Download any of the above briefs to bring to your elected representatives or government staff and/or access the following additional tools and resources:
Thank You to the following foundations for their support for this initiative:
This project was made possible through funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Farm to Cafeteria Canada and Food First NL have just released a new Farm to School Learning Circles Guide that aims to further Farm to School (F2S) efforts across Canada. The guide is primarily intended to support the work of local and regional F2S coordinators in increasing the availability of healthy, local and sustainable food […]read more
Another school year has come to a close, but some Ontario schools are already thinking ahead and enrolling in the popular Fresh from the Farm Fundraiser for the start of the next school year! School champions can enrol until September 27, 2019, for a November delivery. The fundraiser provides schools with the great opportunity to raise […]read more
Sustain Ontario and our Edible Education Network would like to join many others in thanking the Senators listed in the attached graphic for raising their voices in support of Bill-S228, a bill to prohibit food & beverage marketing directed at children, during the May 28 and May 29 Senate sittings. Research has shown that food & beverage […]read more
The National Farm to School Conference, jointly organized by Farm to Cafeteria Canada and the Public Health Association of BC, was held from May 15-17 2019 in Victoria, BC. The event set out to illuminate and to celebrate how individuals and organizations across the country are bringing the local harvest into school classrooms and cafeterias. […]read more
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has released a Food Matters Action Kit, designed for children and youth to learn about preventing and reducing food waste, available in English, French and Spanish at www.cec.org/FoodMattersActionKit. “About one-third of all food produced for people worldwide goes to waste. Youth can lead the way in preventing all this […]read more
It has been an exciting week for the school food movement in Canada! The Coalition for Healthy School Food‘s Petition, which calls upon the Minister of Health to implement an adequately-funded national cost-shared universal healthy school food program, was presented in the House of Commons by MP Julie Dabrusin on Monday, May 6. Watch the […]read more
FoodShare, together with LoyaltyOne, EcoSource, and special guest, The Green Bronx Machine’s Stephen Ritz, invite all Ontario elementary teachers for a *free* day of learning, experiencing, networking and ideation. Come and see why over 200 schools nation-wide are raving about the Good Food Machine program — an experiential learning, curriculum-linked food literacy program for teachers of […]read more
The Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC) at the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) has collaborated with the Greenbelt Fund on a research project, in partnership with the Food Innovation & Research Studio (FIRSt) at George Brown College (GBC) and the Helderleigh Foundation, which has just released its final report: The Current State of Local Food Awareness […]read more
On February 28, 2019, Sustain Ontario hosted an interactive workshop entitled Farm to School in Ontario: Exploring Solutions to Common Challenges. This event, held in partnership with the George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, brought together passionate Farm to School champions from across Ontario to discuss ways to enhance their Farm to […]read more
With last week’s federal budget announcement comes the first-ever commitment from the federal government to work with the provinces and territories towards the creation of a National School Food Program. The announcement (and its recognition of the importance of healthy school food) is an exciting victory for those of us who have been working with […]read more