Manitoba  Healthy Food in Schools: Our StoryIn 2004, the provincial government launched the Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures All-Party Task Force to engage Manitobans across the province in talking about how to promote healthy eating and active living for young people. As one strategy to address healthy eating, the task force recommended the provincial government increase access to nutritious foods in schools.

Specifically it called on the provincial government to: children

  • require all schools to have a written school food and nutrition policy as part of the school plan and to report annually to parent advisory councils and Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning on actions taken regarding school food and nutrition policies.
  • provide model policy statements as examples, to help schools or school divisions to develop specifics to suit local needs and circumstances
  • provide “Guidelines for Foods Served at Schools” as well as a series of tools and resources that schools could access to help them take action in this area