Universal School Lunch Program

At the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Federation, members adopted a resolution calling for the establishment of a universal free school lunch program. Since that time the Federation has been working toward the implementation of this project; this has included, to date:

  • A “summit meeting” of primary producers, educators, chefs, dietitians and others in June 2015 to talk about the broad challenges and opportunities of the program.
  • Participation in the Canada-wide Coalition For Healthy School Food 
  • Screening of the film Cafeteria Man in the fall of 2016.
  • Organization of a visit by U.S. Chef Tony Geraci, the subject of Cafeteria Man, in October 2016 for a weeklong series of meetings with students, teachers, parents, administrators, chefs, farmers and producers, processors and politicians.
  • A short video of Chef Tony's visit by Jeff Eager, Hummingbird Productions (In Production)
  • Featuring a prototypical healthy, local school lunch at the Fall 2016 Semi-Annual Meeting of members.
  • An Environmental Scan of School Food on PEI and School Food Fact Sheet, compiled by Tracy Michael of Nourished Kitchen.
  • Letters of support from Parker Grimmer, Cheif Operations Officer, Public Schools Branch and John Jamieson, Deputy Minister, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
  • PEI Home and School Federation Guiding Principles for School Food in Prince Edward Island.

Provincial Lunch Program Resolution Updated

The resolution from Montague Consolidated School Home and School Association and Montague Regional High School Parent Council calling for the establishment of a Provincial Lunch Program has been updated following from a meeting with the PEI Healthy Eating Alliance and some additional research spurred by the meeting. The resolution has been broadened to include all children, and the “whereas” clauses have been supplemented with additional references.

The resolution is now titled Establish a Provincial School Lunch Program for All Island Children and this revised version is the one that should be discussed and voted on at your local meetings, and that will be brought forward at our Annual General Meeting on April 11, 2015.


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