"Right across the country, in provinces and territories, communities are asking for federal leadership to develop a comprehensive pan-Canadian child and youth nutrition strategy and to fully fund on-reserve aboriginal student meals. This makes good economic sense from the perspective of reduced health costs, lower crime rates and increased revenue for Canadian farmers.
Let us stand together and take care of Canadian children.
-Dr. Kirsty Duncan, Ph.D., MP.
On Tuesday November 28th 2011, Dr. Kirsty Duncan, MP Etobicoke North and TFSS Board member, hosted an all party parliamentary caucus on the need for a national student nutrition program. Experts from across Canada made presentations on the need for federal leadership in the development of a national nutrition strategy. A private members bill calling for the development of a national strategy for student nutrition was introduced in Parliament later in the day. The Toronto Foundation for Student Success was represented by Saar Pikar, Sandra Best and Catherine Parsonage.
Attendees from the Parliament of Canada included House of Commons members Charmaine Borg, Sylvain Chicoine, Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Wayne Easter, Hedy Fry, Jack Harris, Bruce Hyer, Elizabeth May, John McCallum, José Nunez-Melo, Bob Rae, Judy Sgro, Joy Smith and Peter Stoffer and Senators Jane Cordy, Art Eggleton, Wilfrid Moore and Fernand Robichaud.