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.
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
On February 28, 2019, Sustain Ontario hosted an interactive Farm to School (F2S) Workshop in partnership with the George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, which brought together some of the passionate people working on F2S activities in Ontario to explore solutions to common challenges. It was fantastic to have such a powerful […]read more
Are you ready to make some noise for healthy school food?! Another Great Big Crunch is fast approaching on March 28th! The Great Big Crunch is a national movement and annual moment of anti-silence in which students, teachers, parents and others passionate about food join the food movement and crunch into apples (or any crunchy […]read more
To generate some discussion before our upcoming Farm to School (F2S) Workshop on Thursday, February 28, Farm to School in Ontario: Exploring Solutions to Common Challenges, we’re going to be sending out some F2S questions on Twitter over the next few weeks! The questions are open to anyone on Twitter who is interested in Farm […]read more
Our upcoming interactive workshop with the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College, Farm to School in Ontario – Exploring Solutions to Common Challenges, is now just a few weeks away, taking place on Thursday, February 28! We’re currently busy planning for the day around the responses given in the registration survey so […]read more
At the end of last year, the Coalition for Healthy School Food launched a petition to the federal government, calling for “an adequately-funded national cost-shared universal healthy school food program.” (The petition aligns with Senator Eggleton’s Motion No. 358, which was introduced in June 2018.) Over the past month, the petition has picked up steam and is […]read more
On Thursday, February 28, 2019, we invite you to join Sustain Ontario and the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College for an interactive workshop focused on exploring solutions to common Farm to School challenges in Ontario. Audience: Schools, school boards, Student Nutrition Programs, non-profits, public health, and everyone who supports and […]read more