Ontario has introduced its School Food and Beverage Policy that includes nutrition standards for food and beverages sold in schools starting September 1, 2011.
This is part of a broader effort to develop healthier learning environments and improve student achievement since research has shown that children who eat a healthy diet are more ready to learn and more likely to be successful in school.
The policy will apply to food and beverages sold:
- in all venues on school property such as cafeterias, vending machines and tuck shops;
- through all programs, including catered lunch programs; and
- at all events on school property, including bake sales and sport events.
The nutrition standards do not apply to lunches or snacks that are brought from home.
Schools are allowed up to 10 special-event days throughout the year, where they are exempt from the standards. Although special-event days give schools greater flexibility with food and beverages, schools are encouraged to offer healthy options.
For more information on where food and beverages fit and tools to help you better understand the policy check out these links:
Download a copy of Grand Erie District School Board's Nutrition Standards Information Poster.