Vancouver Island school food charity sounds alarm about rising need

Young students energetically raising their hands in class
Globe and Mail | Kylie Stanton & Elizabeth McSheffrey

A Vancouver Island charity is sounding the alarm about food insecurity among B.C. children, noting that Canada is the only country in the G7 without a national school food program.

Nourish Cowichan, which launched in 2017, runs a school food program for 21 schools in the Cowichan Valley. It currently supports about 1,300 students, but said it expects that number to keep rising.

“The need has grown quite a bit. The biggest growth actually has been since the pandemic,” co-founder and chef Fatima Da Silva said as she prepared brown-bagged burritos in a large kitchen.