Children and Youth Working Group

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.

Motion 1 – 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.

Motion 2 – City of Vancouver June 2017

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)

Motion 3 – 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.

Motion 4 – 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.

Motion 5 – 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.

Motion 6 – 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 7 – 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.