On March 10, 2020, First Call submitted comments to the City of Vancouver in favour of the motion, “Taking Steps Toward a National Cost-Shared Universal Healthy School Food Program.”
Here is the comment that we submitted:
First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy urges Council to support this important motion from Councillor Bligh on Taking Steps Toward a National Cost-Shared Universal Healthy School Food Program (B.2).
The City of Vancouver has long recognized the importance of feeding school children through a variety of past actions and financial contributions. Now is the time to add the City’s voice to the national campaign for a universal, cost-shared healthy school food program, as advocated by the Coalition for Healthy School Food.
It is also important for the City to make this support known to all levels of government, including calling for all parties’ support for BC’s commitment to this goal.
Access to nutritious food is a right of all children. Universal, non-stigmatizing access to a healthy meal at school is an important step in support of this right, promoting child health and learning, as well as reducing inequality.
Yours for Children and Youth,
First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition