federal pre-budget 2022 consultations
Read the Coalition’s submission to the government of Canada;
it's time to include a Canada-wide School Food Program in #Budget2022
The COVID-19 crisis has revealed that school food is an essential public good, just like K-12 education and healthcare. Everyone needs access to good food to be healthy, particularly children and youth, and we need strong and resilient food systems to keep us safe.
Building on the Coalition’s advocacy for a Universal Cost-Shared Healthy School Food Program for Canada and the government’s commitment in Budget 2019, and political support across many parties in the recent election campaign including a commitment of $1 Billion in funding over five years from the Liberal Party, the Coalition for Healthy School Food has sent this letter to the Prime Minister urging his government to take the next step in implementing their commitment to school food by including the development of a universal, healthy School Food Program for Canada in the mandate letters of the next Minister of Health, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (responsible for the implementation of social programs such as childcare), and Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (responsible for the Food Policy for Canada).
Tell your local Member of Parliament (MP) that you agree that school food is important and that you want them to push for Budget 2022 to include funding for a School Food Program for Canada".
Coalition for Healthy School Food members have often been told by MPs that Budget 2019 included a commitment to school food because coalition members across Canada let the Finance Committee know we wanted action. Read more here about our 2018 deputations.
Summary of Coalition’s Pre-Budget 2022 Submission:
The Coalition for Healthy School Food recommends that the Government of Canada: Allocate $2.7 billion in Budget 2022 as a Year 1 investment towards establishing a cost-shared, universal School Food Program for Canada with strong federal standards to improve the health of our children, support families experiencing food insecurity, advance economic recovery and reduce the $13.8 billion/year in costs of treatment and productivity losses due to nutrition-related chronic disease in Canada.
#NOURISH KIDS NOW is a grassroots campaign that is calling on the federal government to make a cost-shared investment in healthy, universal school food programs, which would build on the investments of our provinces, municipalities and communities.
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With thanks to Nourish Nova Scotia’s #SpeakUp4School Food for the inspiration of 1, 2, 3 and their postcard campaign
* Photo: Natoaganeg School has seen some great impacts on the students healthy food literacy and social cohesion with their universal school nutrition program supported by Coalition member Canadian Feed the Children.
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