Most parents will still be packing lunches this fall, despite BC’s $214M school meals program

Students eating their lunch together in a hallway, girl in wheelchair smiling
Vancouver Sun | Lori Culbert

With school set to resume in B.C. this week, parents making back-to-school lists should still include sandwich containers and lunch boxes — at least for this coming school year.

September is the start of the Education Ministry’s three-year, $214-million program to expand meals in classrooms, billed in February’s budget as the largest spending on school food programs in the province’s history.

But parents shouldn’t expect every school to be serving subsidized sandwiches and sushi when kids return to class. Experts say the time required to hire staff, buy equipment and find the space necessary to prepare more food will be closer to crock-pot speed, rather than Instant Pot.