School food programs

Two children picking out lunch in a cafeteria

School food programs can improve access to nutritious foods at school, build food skills, and connect students to their local food systems. Research shows that providing positive exposures to growing, preparing, and eating food improves food literacy and has a lasting impact on physical and mental health.

Programs and resources

The following programs are examples of provincial programs and resources available to schools in BC and the VCH region.

    • Build a School Food Program

      BC Ministry of Education and Child Care’s School Meal Program

    • BC School Fruit and Vegetables Nutritional Program

      BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC)

    • + Milk

      BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC)

    • Breakfast program: Apply for support

      Breakfast Club of Canada

    • Farm to School BC

      Public Health Association of BC (PHABC)

    • Hands on Food

      Farm to School BC, Public Health Association of BC, Interior Health and School District 73

    • Harvest Bin Project

      BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC)

    • Spuds in Tubs

      BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC)

    • Youth Photovoice project

      Learn about how youth experienced an improvement in some aspect of their mental well-being due to their hands-on food and gardening experience at school.

    • Photovoice project published research

    • Traditional foods toolkit

      The Nuu-chah-nulth Traditional Foods Toolkit includes six booklets about harvesting and preparing traditional foods on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

    • Traditional foods fact sheets

      Fact sheets on First Nations traditional foods that include information on harvesting, food uses and nutrition messages.

    • Indigenous and Traditional foods in public institutions

      Connect students with Elders to learn about harvesting, preparing, and preserving Indigenous and Traditional Foods in Public Institutions.

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