Canadian children return to school with insufficient access to healthy food.
As children across the country go back to school, a recent UNICEF report ranked Canada 37th out of 41 high-income countries around access to nutritious food for children, below the United States and just over Bulgaria, Malta, Turkey and Mexico. As a country trying to position itself as a world leader, whose government is focused on children and families, this is unacceptable and presents us with a clear imperative to improve.
The Canadian companion to the report recommends a national school food program as a solution. Canada is one of the only Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries without one, and Canadian children are not provided consistent access to healthy food at school, where they spend more than half their waking hours.
Read the full article by the The Star here.