Ontario is helping high school students eat more nutritious meals to improve their health and help them learn more effectively.
Through the province's new Healthy Eating in Secondary Schools program, high schools and school boards can apply for one-time grants of up to $50,000 to support innovative projects that encourage students to eat healthier. Projects will begin rolling out this September and can include partnerships with postsecondary institutions or non-profit organizations that promote healthy eating.
Examples of projects that could be eligible for funding include:
- A training program run by a chef school to help cafeteria staff create healthier food options.
- A healthy eating club for students.
- A partnership with farmers to provide healthy, local Ontario foods to students.
- An updated cafeteria space that incorporates healthy eating information or an urban garden.
Improving student health and well-being is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, one of the three pillars of the province's plan to build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate. The province is investing a total of $2.2 million in the Healthy Eating in Secondary Schools Grants.