There’s not much use sending a kid to school if all they can think about is their next meal.
The province is expanding its nutrition program to all publicly-funded school boards, starting this fall. $10 million will go towards feeding students and teaching them about good nutrition.
At a news conference Wednesday morning, Premier Rachel Notley said it was a pretty easy decision to make.
“The research is out there, it is really clear. It changes outcomes, it increases attendance, it increases learning, and down the road it increases long-term life outcome.”
It’s well worth the investment, Notley added.
“Even in a place as rich as Alberta, kids come to school hungry quite regularly, and there’s no question that it is a pretty easy problem to fix, and it makes profound changes to the success of those kids.”
It started with a 14 school board pilot project last year, and will be available to all 60 boards in Alberta in the fall. The boards who got the pilot funding will continue to get $250,000 a year, the remaining boards will get $141,000.