A national school food program would do more than feed students

Now that the holiday break is over for many school children, it’s time to return to the routine of school lunches and early morning breakfasts. But new data suggests that for many families with children, this may be difficult.

The rising cost of living has put pressure on family budgets, causing many to cut back on food and nutrition. In the face of these financial uncertainties, a national school food program would provide both immediate relief and a long-term solution that will improve children’s health, education and long-term economic outcomes.

According to an Employment and Social Development Canada survey on the development of a national school food policy, 96 per cent agreed that school food programs are beneficial. The report also recognized “expanding access to healthy and nutritious food could benefit all Canadian children.”

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