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The School Nutrition Program helps approximately 35,000 students in participating schools get a daily nutritious meal that follows the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth.
The program gives money directly to school authorities to create, continue, or enhance existing nutrition programs in identified schools.
We encourage school authorities to work with community partners to use supports and resources in their area. These could include the many successful breakfast and lunch programs already in Alberta schools.
Participating school authorities should design a program that consists of one nutritious meal per school day. School authorities can determine what time to offer the meal.
Government is increasing the funding to $18.5 million for the program in the 2019/20 school year. Each school authority will get the same amount of funding as in the 2018/19 school year.
Non-profit organization pilot
This program is no longer accepting applications. We are currently reviewing the submitted proposals.
Non-profit organizations can apply for a new grant to research and test innovative solutions to deliver the School Nutrition Program more effectively in collaboration with public, separate and francophone school authorities currently participating in the program. Successful non-profit organizations could receive a conditional grant of up to $500,000.
To be eligible for the pilot, the application must:
- be submitted by non-profit organization (NPO)
- demonstrate collaboration with at least 2 public, separate or francophone school authorities
- demonstrate how the NPO will address identified challenges
This program also aims to help people learn more about:
- the importance of reading food labels
- choice and preparation of healthy foods
- accessing Alberta's food resources
Participating school authorities must include a nutrition education component as part of their program.
Learning and teaching resources
There are several opportunities to address health, wellness and nutrition in Alberta’s provincial curriculum.
Healthy schools encourage students to:
- practice healthy eating
- practice active living
- contribute to positive social environments in their school
Health and life skills (K to 9)
Health and life skills enables students to:
- make well-informed, healthy choices
- develop behaviours that contribute to the well-being of self and others
- respond to the opportunities and expectations in the world of work
Career and Life Management (High school)
Career and Life Management program of studies helps students:
- make good choices in all aspects of their lives, including health and nutrition
- develop behaviours and attitudes that contribute to the well-being and respect of self and others
Career and Technology Studies (High school)
The Health, Recreation and Human Services cluster offers food and nutrition courses.
Nutrition resources and guidelines
- News: School nutrition program funding boost (November 28, 2019)
Connect with Alberta Education for more information about the School Nutrition Program: