$214M coming to B.C. school districts to create, expand food programs

The provincial government has announced $214 million in funding to create and expand food programs in BC schools.

Education Minister Rachna Singh and Richmond-Queensborough MLA Aman Singh made the announcement at McNair Secondary School in Richmond on Tuesday (April 4) as part of the province’s Feeding Futures fund.

The Departments of Education and Agriculture will work together to include Feed BC in more area school food programs.

Singer says this is the largest investment in a school food program in B.C. history

“Working with local schools to make sure our children are fed and ready to learn will make a real difference to families and communities.”

The funds, which will be earmarked for 60 school districts across the province over the next three years, will be used to buy food and hire staff to coordinate the delivery of meals and snacks to students.

Singh said the province knows how important food is to young students, “especially with inflation rising and families facing challenges.”

The province noted that the Feeding for the Future program “will address the immediate needs of student feeding and build on the progress made by the Student and Family Affordability Fund to help families most in need reduce the challenges of rising food costs.”

Viveca Ellis, executive director of the Single Mothers Alliance, said the importance of providing healthy meals within the public school system to support learning and development “should not be underestimated”.

“They help families save critical time and money, support economic recovery and food security, and ensure our children and teens are ready to learn.”

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