Children and Youth Working Group

GREAT BIG CRUNCH

The working group is proud to support the GREAT BIG CRUNCH, a national movement and annual moment of anti-silence in  which students, teachers, parents and others passionate about food join the food movement and crunch into apples (or other crunchy fruit or vegetable) to make noise for healthy school food!

The Vancouver Food Policy Council is pleased that the City of Vancouver has proclaimed the day as THE GREAT BIG CRUNCH FOR HEALTHY SCHOOL FOOD DAY in 2018, 2019, and will again in 2020!

—        2018 Proclamation        —

2020 Proclamation

Whereas the City of Vancouver is dedicated to supporting a just and sustainable food system;

And Whereas the Vancouver Food Policy Council is a member of the national Coalition for Healthy School Food and The Great Big Crunch is national event celebrating Good Food and drawing attention to the need for healthy food for all children and youth across Canada;

And Whereas Canada remains one of the only Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations without a federally supported school meal program which has been called for by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food;

And Whereas a recent UNICEF report ranked Canada fourth to last of high-income countries in providing healthy food to children;

And Whereas school food programs are one tool for addressing childhood hunger at school;

And Whereas school food programs have been proven to increase scholastic success across socioeconomic classes and increase children’s consumption of vegetables, fruits, and other healthy foods, and decrease the consumption of unhealthy ones;

Therefore be it resolved: I, Kennedy Stewart, Mayor of the City of Vancouver, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM March 12, 2020, as

“THE GREAT BIG CRUNCH FOR HEALTHY SCHOOL FOOD DAY” in the City of Vancouver.


MOTIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE COALITION FOR HEALTHY SCHOOL FOOD

Our working group is pleased to share the motions and resolutions regarding the creation of a universal school food program. This list is not exclusive, and focuses on those related to BC.


Food Policy Council June 2017 http://www.vancouverfoodpolicycouncil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/VFPCMtg_2017.06.21_minutes_final-draft.pdf

Motion for National School Food Program

Vancouver Food Policy Council

Passed June 21 2017

WHEREAS Canada remains one of the only Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development nations without a national school food program. Canada’s current patchwork of school food programming reaches only a small percentage of our over 5 million students. School food programs have been shown to increase children’s consumption of vegetables, fruits and other healthy foods and decrease the consumption of unhealthy ones; improve students’ mental health, including reductions in behavioural and emotional problems; improve cognitive skills and increase scholastic success.

AND WHEREAS the Coalition for Healthy School Food is working at a national level to advocate for the creation of a cost-shared Universal Healthy School Food Program that will enable all students in Canada to have access to healthy meals at school building on existing programs across the country and including food education to serve culturally appropriate, local, sustainable food to the fullest extent possible.

AND WHEREAS through the Vancouver Food Strategy the City of Vancouver has a goal to advocate for a just and sustainable food system with partners and at all levels of government, including strengthening partnerships and leveraging funds to ensure that residents and governments collaborate together toward food system goals. The Vancouver Food Strategy also includes a goal to improve access to healthy, affordable, culturally diverse food for all residents.

AND WHEREAS through the Healthy City Action Plan the City of Vancouver has a goal to ensure Vancouver’s children have the best chance of enjoying a healthy childhood, which includes a priority action to expand access to healthy foods and food literacy development in schools.

AND WHEREAS 1.7 million Canadian households, including over a million children, experience food insecurity; in British Columbia, 1 in 10 households, representing 485,000 individuals, experience food insecurity6 and a total of 5% of Vancouver households report being food insecure7; and research demonstrates that a universal healthy school food program can help address these injustices, and other important issues.

AND WHEREAS through the Greenest City Action Plan the City of Vancouver has set the goal to become a global leader in urban food systems. It also identifies advocating for food issues regionally, provincially and nationally as a key strategy, including collaborating with the Vancouver School Board to ensure schools receive adequate funding for meal programs.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that

  • the Vancouver Food Policy Council recommends that the City of Vancouver advocate to the provincial and federal governments regarding investment in a cost-shared universal healthy school food program that would enable all students to have access to healthy meals at school every day, as advocated by the Coalition for Health School Food.
  •  the Vancouver Food Policy council recommends that the City of Vancouver advocate to other municipalities through the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to adopt this motion and advocate to provincial and federal governments.

City of Vancouver June 2017 [see related motion below from March 2020]

http://council.vancouver.ca/20170627/documents/regu20170627min.pdf

National School Food Program

Councillor Deal submitted the following Motion for submission to the UBCM and FCM.

MOVED by Councillor Deal

SECONDED by Councillor Carr

WHEREAS

1.7 million Canadian households, including almost 500,000 individuals in BC alone, experience food insecurity, and the current patchwork of school food programming reaches only a small percentage of our over 5 million students. Canada remains one of the only Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development nations without a national school food program. The Coalition for Healthy School Food is working at a national level to advocate for the creation of a cost-shared Universal Healthy School Food Program that will enable all students in Canada to have access to healthy meals at school, serving culturally appropriate, local, sustainable food to the fullest extent possible.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) advocate for a Universal Healthy School Food Program to provincial and federal governments.

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY (Vote No. 02075)


UBCM September 2017 http://www.ubcm.ca/assets/Resolutions~and~Policy/Resolutions/2017%20UBCM%20Provincial%20Response%20Package_Final.pdf

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NATIONAL SCHOOL FOOD PROGRAM

WHEREAS 1.7 million Canadian households, including almost 500,000 individuals in BC alone, experience food insecurity, and the current patchwork of school food programming reaches only a small percentage of our over 5 million students, with Canada remaining one of the only Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development nations without a national school food program;

AND WHEREAS the Coalition for Healthy School Food is working at a national level to advocate for the creation of a cost-shared Universal Healthy School Food Program that will enable all students in Canada to have access to healthy meals at school, serving culturally appropriate, local, sustainable food to the fullest extent possible:

THEREFORE

be it resolved that UBCM and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities advocate for a Universal Healthy School Food Program to provincial and federal governments.

RESPONSE: Ministry of Education

Government supports a suite of provincial school-based healthy eating programs including Farm to School BC, the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program and Action Schools! BC.

These programs, along with the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools, help to create school environments that support healthy eating by offering greater access to healthy food while enhancing students’ knowledge, attitudes and skills.

The Ministry of Education provides over $63 million in annual funding to school districts, via CommunityLINK (Learning Includes Nutrition and Knowledge) and the Vulnerable Student Supplement, to meet the unique needs of their vulnerable student populations.

Approximately 25% of this funding is used by school districts to support school meal and snack programs. The Ministry of Education is committed to continuing to work with school districts, provincial education and ministry partners, and other key stakeholders, to meet the unique needs of vulnerable students across the province.


BC School Trustees Association April 2018 https://media.campaigner.com/media/58/581470/links/other%20publications/2018-AGM_Report_of_Proceedings.pdf motion 20, page 16 of 38

Endorse Coalition for Healthy School Food

That BCSTA: (a) endorse the Coalition for Healthy School Food’s national Universal Healthy School Food Program campaign; (b) request that the Ministry of Education, the federal Ministry of Health and the provincial Ministry of Health provide new money to invest in a cost-shared Universal Healthy School Food Program; (c) enter into a dialogue with the Canadian School Boards Association to support the Coalition for Healthy School Food’s initiatives; and, (d) advocate for collaboration between the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Children and Family Development to support the Coalition for Healthy School Food’s initiatives.


Vancouver School Board April 2018
(link to Committee III mintues – http://www.vsb.bc.ca/sites/default/files/minutes-files/18_04Apr11_op_commIII_report.pdf)

Healthy School Food, Trustee Joy Alexander read the motion presented at the April 3, 2018 Public Board meeting regarding Healthy School Food, which was referred to Committee III.

Research shows the important role early nutrition plays in brain development and one way we can improve children’s chances for the healthiest and most productive lives possible is by making sure they get the foods they need. It is important that programs continue and be funded to meet the need.

The committee members and stakeholder representatives asked questions, provided feedback on the presentation and staff provided clarification on various points.

The following recommendation will be forwarded to the Board for approval.

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT the Board ask staff to provide a report on the steps to be taken and costs associated with a district wide plan to address food security and healthy eating through food programmes in all our schools so that no child is hungry and every child eats healthy.


Federation for Canadian Municipalities March 2018 https://fcm.ca/home/about-us/corporate-resources/fcm-resolutions.htm?lang=en-CA&resolution=8cf4c343-602c-e811-adbf-005056bc2614&srch=%25&iss=&filt=true

WHEREAS, 1.7 million Canadian households experience food insecurity, and the current patchwork of school food programming reaches only a small percentage of our over 5 million students, with Canada remaining one of the only Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development nations without a national school food program;

WHEREAS, the Coalition for Healthy School Food is working at a national level to advocate for the creation of a cost-shared Universal Healthy School Food Program that will enable all students in Canada to have access to healthy meals at school, serving culturally appropriate, local, sustainable food to the fullest extent possible;

RESOLVED, that the Federation of Canadian Municipalities advocate for a Universal Healthy School Food Program to the federal government.
Vancouver, BC


Motion for National Nutrition Program to Senate (June 14th, 2018)

https://sencanada.ca/en/content/sen/chamber/421/orderpaper/221op_2018-06-14-e

“That the Senate urge the government to initiate consultations with the provinces, territories, Indigenous people, and other interested groups to develop an adequately funded national cost-shared universal nutrition program with the goal of ensuring healthy children and youth who, to that end, are educated in issues relating to nutrition and provided with a nutritious meal daily in a program with appropriate safeguards to ensure the independent oversight of food procurement, nutrition standards, and governance.”

The audio recording of Senator Eggleton’s full presentation to the Senate can be accessed online.


Don Davies (May 7, 2019)

https://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-446/first-reading

Bill C-446 was introduced May 7, 2019 “The School Food Program for Children Act”:

“…this legislation will require the Minister of Health, in consultation with the Provincial and Territorial governments, and other relevant stakeholders to develop a national school food program to ensure that all children in Canada have access to healthy food.  The program will operate at little or no direct cost to children or their families, build on existing school food programs across Canada, use best practices from other jurisdictions, and promote evidence-based healthy food education.  In a country as prosperous as Canada, no child should have to struggle through the school day on an empty stomach…Canada remains among the few industrialized countries without a universal school food program.  A national school food program will not only give every student in Canada access to nutritious food, it will make healthy eating a daily lesson for our kids…”


Vancouver School Board (February 24, 2020)

Endorsement of Coalition for Healthy School Food. Moved by E. Gonzalez, seconded by B. Parrott

THAT the Board approve the proposed Motion. That the VBE support the work of the Coalition for Healthy School Food by formally endorsing the organization and its call for the development of a universal cost-shared School Food program for Canada.

In Endorsing the Coalition, VBE would agree with the Coalition’s call for the development of a National School Food Program and give permission to list VBE’s name, logo and description on the Coalition’s website. There is no cost to the VBE to be an endorser.


City of Vancouver (March 2020)

https://council.vancouver.ca/20200310/documents/motionb2.pdf

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED

A. THAT Vancouver City Council direct the Mayor, on behalf of Council, to write to the  Prime Minister of Canada to encourage the Government of Canada to make the creation of a Cost-Shared Universal Healthy School Food Program a top priority for the national agenda of the 43rd Parliament in 2020, consistent with the leadership already shown by the Government of Canada in working to create a national food policy;

FURTHER THAT Council’s letter to the Prime Minister should reference the City and Council’s strong support for the Federal Government to work with the Provinces, Territories, Indigenous communities, and non-profit groups to create a Cost-Shared Universal Healthy School Food Program that ensures all school children learn basic food skills and have access to healthy, nutritious meals every day to support classroom learning while also modelling healthy eating and teaching food skills.

B.THAT Vancouver City Council call on the Provincial Government to commit to an universal, cost-shared, healthy school food program for all K- 12 students in BC, including an invitation to all parties represented in the Provincial Legislature to support a universal, cost-shared, healthy school food program, and to work with local non-profits and school communities to pilot and implement a flexible program that respects local conditions and food cultures, while promoting positive health and education outcomes;

FURTHER THAT Council direct the Mayor, on behalf of Council, to write to the Premier and the Provincial Ministers responsible for school food, namely the Ministers of Education, Health, and Agriculture, to advise them of Council’s endorsement and strong, ongoing support for an universal, cost-shared, healthy school food program for all K-12 students in BC, including a reference to the positive physical and mental health outcomes of universal meal programs as well as the agricultural market opportunities through institutional local food procurement which is a stated priority of Ministry of Agriculture.

C.THAT Vancouver City Council direct staff to report back to Council, prior to the 2021 City of Vancouver Budget deliberations, regarding the status of, and funding requirements of, the Vancouver School District’s existing food program(s) for the 2021/22 school year and that staff include recommendations in their report for any transitional funding that may be required from the City in support of these food program(s) should an Universal Healthy School Food Program not yet be in place, and for these transitional funding recommendations to be included in the City’s proposed 2021 Operating Budget;

FURTHER THAT Council direct staff to convey Council’s support and encouragement to the School District for the creation of its “holistic 10 Year Vision and Food Framework” and to note the opportunity for the City and the School District to explore potential partnerships and alignments on shared objectives relating to food, food security, and the fostering of healthy communities within the city in the larger context of an anticipated Universal Healthy School Food Program.

D.THAT Vancouver City Council and the City of Vancouver endorse the ongoing efforts of the Coalition for Healthy School Food to advocate for a universal, cost-shared healthy school food program based on the shared belief that all children and youth in British Columbia should have daily access to healthy food at school.

E.THAT Vancouver City Council direct staff to work with their counterparts in other B.C. municipalities in order to share data that may be relevant to food matters and to support each other in advocacy efforts toward a universal, cost-shared, healthy school food program.