Canada's Children Need a National Nutrition Program
Studies have shown that 31% of elementary school and 62% of secondary school students do not eat a healthy breakfast daily, and Canada remains one of the few developed nations without a national nutrition program for children. In fact, while the United States subsidizes school meals at a rate of US$1.24 per day, per student (a total of US$12 billion annually), Canada's provincial/territorial governments average less than four cents per day, per student.
Together, our organizations have submitted a proposal to the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance calling for:
The proposed program would draw funding from federal, provincial, municipal, non-profit and private sectors and would spend $1.50 per day, per student. Feeding Canada's 5.2 million students in kindergarten to Grade 12 over the 190 days they attend school each year would cost about $1.5 billion annually. Read our Backgrounder: A National Nutritious School Meal Program for Canadian Children. (PDF: 74KB)
In addition, we are urging Canadians to get involved by participating in a letter writing campaign to your Member of Parliament. Simply visit: http://petition.web.net/cspi/ or download a draft letter (DOC: 32KB) to your MP to join us in helping ensure a strong, healthy future for our children and youth.
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