Province's school nutrition program expands again

By Charles Lefebvre
September 26, 2018 - 10:13am

CALGARY, AB — The provincial government will be expanding its school nutrition program to ensure more students in Alberta do not go hungry.

Premier Rachel Notley made the announcement in Calgary Wednesday morning, noting the program is expanding to serve more than 30,000 students, ensuring they receive a nutritious meal during the day.

“When it comes to helping students succeed, a healthy meal not only gives students the energy they need to focus in the classroom, it empowers them to make healthy food choices outside of school,” Notley said in a statement. “After successfully expanding the school nutrition program across the province this year, we are proud to continue to help more kids get a healthy start to their day and make life better for Alberta families.”

The program was first launched as a pilot [project in the 2016-17 school year, providing $3.5 million in funding to 14 schools. In the next year, it was expanded to 62 publicly funded school authorities in Alberta.

Funding for the program appears in the 2018 Budget, which has set aside $15.5 million for the program. The funding is distributed directly to school boards to either create or enhance nutrition programs in schools.

In the Medicine Hat Public School Division, programs were put in place at Vincent Massey School, Southview School and Herald School. In the Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education, programs were launched at Mother Teresa School and St. Louis School.

In the Prairie Rose School Division, a program was set up at I.F. Cox School in Redcliff.

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