A Letter in Support of Bill 216, Food Literacy for Students Act

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Author: Sustain Ontario

Posted: January 19, 2021

Categories: Edible Education Network / Good Food Ideas for Kids / GoodFoodBites / News from Sustain Ontario / Schools

Sustain Ontario and our Ontario Edible Education Network have sent a letter to the province sharing our enthusiastic support for Bill 216, the Food Literacy for Students Act, which would bring food literacy education to every grade level in Ontario schools.

We join many organizations across Ontario who endorse the Food Literacy for Students Act, which has passed its first and second readings in the Ontario Legislature, and has moved to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly.

The Bill has come to fruition thanks to the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Food Policy Council, who first brought the idea to their local MPP in 2017, and have since been working with MPP Daryl Kramp, who introduced the Bill. Learn more here.

Given our years of advocacy efforts surrounding food literacy alongside a diversity of partner organizations and other stakeholders, we’re eager to see the successful implementation of this piece of legislation, so that students across the province can learn the critically important life skills taught by experiential food literacy.

Food literacy education brings curriculum material—including math, science, the arts, history, geography, social studies and language—to life, and makes the curriculum much more accessible because everyone eats and has a connection to food.

The evidence is clear: food literacy education is an investment in our children and youth that will have far-reaching benefits.

Please read our full letter here.