Universal School Food Programs

For Every Child

In Every School

Canada is the only G7 country without a universal school food program.

Every child deserves access to nutritious food for a healthy life and academic success. Free, nutritious school meals help all families, regardless of barriers or income.

By educating our communities about the benefits of a universal school food program, we can reduce the stigma that deters kids and families from accessing it. Getting food at school should be the norm, not the exception.

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World Health Organization

The Five A’s of Food Security

When all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life. Commonly, the concept of food security is defined as including both physical and economic access to food that meets people’s dietary needs as well as their food preferences.

*Source: Rocha C. Centre for Studies in Food Security. Toronto, ON: Toronto Metropolitan University; n.d. [cited June 2020] https://www.torontomu.ca/foodsecurity

News & Resources

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Explore the latest updates from Nourish Cowichan and discover valuable information about food resources in the Cowichan Valley.

With the cost of living continuing to rise, spending more to buy less food is a reality for an increasing share of Canadian families.

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