Momentum is building across Canada and in yukon for a national school food program!
Teachers, students and several groups are actively involved in promoting school food in Yukon and are involved with the national Coalition for Healthy School Food, a group of organizations seeking federal investment in a Universal Healthy School Food Program to support the health, well-being and education of all Canadian children.
In Yukon all schools and school districts report having a school meal program in, but the meals provided vary and are not adequately funded.
These programs are organized at the school or school district scale and largely rely on parents, charitable foundations and others in the school community to develop and fund. This patchwork of programming does not meet the needs of all students for access to healthy, nutritious food. We need the development of national standards, as well as significant investment from federal, provincial and municipal governments (to supplement the contributions of school communities, businesses and volunteers) and collaboration between stakeholder groups to create a universal program for all children and youth from K to 12.
Teachers, students and groups in Yukon are coming together from diverse regions and sectors across the territory to engage in dialogue, share resources, and collaborate on collective advocacy, research and pilot projects. Together, we can help secure a brighter future for our children through a Universal Healthy School Food Program. Some national organizations also work on school food in Yukon.