A school nutrition pilot project has been expanded to all school divisions in Alberta. Last year, $250,000 was given to 14 school boards to make sure their students were getting a nutritious snack or meal every day.
The province says 33 schools were able to take part, benefiting more than 5,000 students.
“This program has been overwhelmingly positive in the communities where it’s already been introduced, and the results are quite impressive,” says Education Minister David Eggen. “We’ve seen improved student attendance, a decrease in negative behaviour and an increased sense of healthy food choices among students.”
The pilot project was initially given $3.5 million in funding, and another $10 million is included in the 2017 budget to expand it to the other 48 school boards. They will each get $141,000 to implement the program, while those involved this year will get another $250,000, as they were deemed the most in need.
Story by Erica Fisher.