Alberta Food Matters (AFM) is the main connection for the Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF) and other food groups in the province. AFM has a wide variety of stakeholders throughout the province who are passionate about connecting our producers with those who want to see food security and food sovereignty in our province. AFM joins CHSF in seeking federal investment in a universal healthy school food program to support the health, well-being and education of all Canadian children.
In Alberta, the new provincial government has just confirmed a renewed commitment to funding a school meal program for 30,000 students. These programs are run at a classroom, school, or school district level and have no strict guidelines for healthy or for local food procurement. This unregulated programming does not meet the needs of all students. We need the development of national standards, as well as significant investment from federal, provincial, and municipal governments and collaboration between stakeholder groups to create a universal program for all children and youth.
CHSF’s Alberta Chapter seeks to engage in dialogue, share resources, and collaborate on collective advocacy, research and pilot projects. Together, we can help secure a brighter future for our children through a universal healthy school food program.