The global pandemic highlighted food insecurities that too many families face every day. Children should not have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. Food insecurity is known to impact academic performance, while poor nutrition impacts long-term physical, social, and emotional well-being.
The government launched a school breakfast program that has been widely successful and is now available across the province. There has also been interest expressed by the Federal Government in a national school food program.
That’s why a Liberal Government will allocate $3 million to pilot a P-6 school lunch program. The Healthy Lunches for Healthy Kids program will provide healthy, locally sourced, low-cost lunches, ensuring children in elementary schools are well nourished and prepared to succeed in the classroom. The average cost per lunch will be $5 a day. The program will use a pay-what-you-can model and will be first launched in communities demonstrating the highest need. The pay-what-you can model provides families with flexibility within their household budgets while adaptable, convenient payment options promote inclusive participation.
A buy local component will promote and emphasize locally sourced foods and vendors, highlight healthy local food options, as well as provide additional markets for farmers and producers.
The Liberal Party is committed to the health and wellbeing of our children. Providing affordable, healthy lunches will lead to greater health and academic outcomes for our kids, while making life more affordable for Nova Scotian families.