Feeding Futures Funding in Kamloops-Thompson Board of Education

Posted On Tuesday September 12, 2023

On April 4, 2023, the Ministry of Education and Child Care announced the new Feeding Futures funding, which invests in building and expanding local school food programs. This funding is meant to build on the progress made with the Student and Family Affordability Fund to address the immediate need of feeding students.

 “In the 2022-2027 District Strategic Plan, our mission is to support learning opportunities and environments which inspire students to thrive,” said Heather Grieve, Board Chair. “For students to thrive, basic needs such as access to food and nutrition is essential.”

The Feeding Futures Fund will increase food security for SD73 students through the expansion or creation of new school snack and meal programs. The Feeding Futures Fund enables District staff to feed more students who need support and increase their readiness to learn.

“School leaders provided key information to assist the District in creating a comprehensive overview of the current snacks and meal programs available in schools, as well as identifying areas for future food program creation and expansion,” said Michelle Mattes, District Principal. “School leaders have the opportunity to apply for funds to expand and enhance nutritious meal and snack programs for their students, with a particular focus on supporting our students who need it most.”

Every school will have a “Food Champion”, an individual passionate about providing nutritious food for students who will lead the way. These champions will have access to professional development opportunities and will receive their FoodSafe certification to ensure safe distribution and handling of food.

“District staff will actively engage with the student leadership groups within schools and at the district level to gather valuable feedback from students about their preferences for snack and meal programs,” stated Dr. Rhonda Nixon, SD73 Superintendent. “Community engagement will involve the Aboriginal Education Council, parents, and partners.”

SD73 is collaborating with community partners, including the Boys and Girls Club, Interior Health, the Kamloops Food Policy Council, Farm to School BC, the Kamloops Food Bank, the Stir, and the Mount Paul Community Food Centre. An increased number of students will continue to be supported through the Starfish Backpack program and FoodSHARE, both of which are provided by the Kamloops Food Bank.

Together, the Feeding Futures Fund promises to revolutionize our schools, ensuring that every student has the nourishment they need to succeed, both in the classroom and beyond. By fostering a culture of inclusivity and collaboration, this initiative embodies the spirit of community and shared responsibility, making strides towards a brighter future for all our students.

To learn more about how to access this fund, if you are a parent or student, please see your school administration. If you are a community partner who would like to be involved at a district level, please contact Michelle Mattes at: mmattes@sd73.bc.ca.

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