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Grants available for BC schools to foster food literacy in their school communities

Over the past number of years there has been a significant growth of interest in and support for healthy eating and food literacy activities in schools communities across BC. This includes initiatives around nutrition education, school gardens, cooking activities, Farm to School salad bars and much more. Food literacy is defined as having the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to choose, grow, prepare and enjoy food to support one’s health, community, and the environment. Students’ learning is enhanced when learning experiences extend beyond the classroom throughout the school and into the community.

Up to twenty school communities in BC (with regional representation) focused on working together to support food literacy in their school communities will be selected to receive $750 each in the 2015-16 school year. If your school/district is already working on food literacy initiatives, this could be an opportunity to learn, reflect on your practice and share your knowledge with others. Schools/districts will be supported to use an inquiry approach as a way to reflect on their practice, and to engage the whole school community — students, parents and families, school and district staff, community members and organizations, health authorities and others — in the process.

To learn more about how the School Food Literacy Capacity Building Initiative Grants will be supporting schools and districts from across BC to foster food literacy in their school communities click on the following link: http://healthyschoolsbc.ca/healthy-schools-bc-resources/healthy-living-grants/school-food-literacy-grants/

Food policy and community development projects that build a sustainable food system and make healthy food accessible for everyone living on the North Shore.