take part in the pre-budget 2021 consultations
Help us tell the government of Canada that it's time to include a National School Food Program in #Budget2021
Before February 19, 2021, let the federal government know that Covid-19 has demonstrated that school food programs are an essential service and that now is the time to design and launch a National School Food Program.
Members, endorsers and supporters of the Coalition for Healthy School Food have a chance to amplify our voice by sending hundreds of messages to the Finance Committee.
1. Click here to go to the government's Pre-budget 2021 consultations webpage
2. Add your organization’s name or your personal name
3. Upload the Coalition's Pre-Budget 2021 Submission (PDF)
4. Share with your network and friends and ask them to add their voice or
5. (optional) Share your views and fill out the questionnaire. Each question provides an opportunity to suggest other investments and you could add “Invest in a universal, cost-shared healthy school food program”
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 2021 Submission:
The Coalition for Healthy School Food recommends that the Government of Canada: 1) Allocate $200 million towards a dedicated School Food Fund to support the health and wellbeing of children, families and communities, stimulate the Canadian economy and inform the government's development of a National School Food Program. 2) Allocate $360 million as the Year 1 investment in a cost-shared, universal National School Food Program with strong national standards to improve the health of our children, support families experiencing food insecurity, and reduce the $13.8 billion 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