South Shore School Food Project

The South Shore School Food Project focuses on bringing food back into education to strengthen the foundations for the future of our children and Province by working together to build healthy menus in schools and make positive changes to food culture in cafeterias, classrooms and communities starting here on the South Shore of Nova Scotia in our Lunenburg and Queens County schools.

Four Priorities

  • Healthy Menus in School Cafeterias
  • Food Education in the Classroom
  • Collective Local Procurement from NS Farmers & Producers
  • Food Security in School Communities

After a pilot year in five schools (South Queens Middle School; West Northfield Elementary School; Bluenose Academy; Chester Area Middle School; and Chester District Elementary School) and understanding the opportunities to support a better food service in schools, the Food Project team is now in a year of development to be able to serve more South Shore schools in September 2019.

 

How are we doing this?

  • Developing school approved menus & recipes with local source
  • Determining local procurement, aggregation and delivery networks
  • Testing salad bar and build-your-own lunch programs
  • Trialing new Cookhouse Kids interactive food education in schools
  • Fostering training and support for Food Service Workers
  • Creating resources & promotional materials to increase the number of children choosing healthy local food and to grow community advocacy
  • Amplifying investment through partnership & fund development
  • Creating quality control standards and conditions of best practice so we can feed those children most in need and provide subsidies for all with a Munch Card multi-buy program in schools that adopt healthy food practices

 

Eat to Learn (break out box)

Children spend a third of their day in schools which makes them the ideal place to create and reinforce healthy food habits for life. When healthier food and access to good food is well-considered in a school setting, it can and it will support your child’s education!

 

South Shore School Food Project Contact:
For our pilot salad bar schools, contact Connie Martin (Salad Bar Coordinator) at conniemartin@gnspes.ca.

For general questions about the Project, contact Shelley Moran at shelley.moran@nshealth.ca or Beth Collins at bwoodfordcollins@ssrce.ca.

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Better school food needs community donations and a louder voice!

The Local Food Fund Partners with the South Shore School Food Project.