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Feeding Futures 

"Through Budget 2023, the Province is investing $214 million over three years so school districts can create or expand local food programs in schools throughout B.C. The funds will be used for purchasing food and hiring dedicated staff to co-ordinate providing meals and snacks to students. This is the largest investment in school food programs in the Province’s history" 

Link: School food programs get historic investment to help feed kids | BC Gov News


Nutrition Guidelines for Schools 

Food and Beverage Sales in B.C Schools 

The Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools define the minimum nutrition standards that schools are required to use to determine what food and beverages can be sold to students. This document contains information, tools and fact sheets to support implementation of the Guidelines across the school setting.

School Meal and School Nutrition Program Handbook 
This School Meal and Nutrition Program Handbook supports school meal coordinators, school administrators, caterers, and others who are involved in providing healthy food and beverages to vulnerable students. The handbook is based on the 2010 edition of the Guidelines but provides useful information on healthy eating, meal planning, fundraising, and program planning and evaluation. 

Food Safe Certification 

Those involved in the preparation of food for students in schools need to be food safe Level-1 certified. Please find below a link to an online food safe course.  

Link: Food Safety Training | Online Food Handler Courses Available | CIFS 


Request for Quote from Caterer 

School District No. 8 Kootenay Lake is seeking quotes from qualified proponents with experience in large-scale food preparation, program planning and coordination, budgeting, and purchasing to apply for an upcoming SD8 Food Service Contract to prepare meals (off site) for schools as a component of the provincial Feeding Futures program.  

Please find below the full request for quote. 

School District No. 8 Feeding Futures Request for Quote 

If You Need Support: 

If you and your child are in need of support, please reach out to the Principal at your child's school to learn about a variety of programs and resources that are available, such as no-fee meal programs during the school day. Student and family confidentiality will be strictly maintained by the principal. 


Indigenous Food Programming and Supports 

School district 8 is committed to providing and fostering inclusive food programming that is representative of the cultures, values, and priorities surrounding food in the district, including those of the indigenous communities whose traditional territories the Kootenay Lake School District operates and all of the aboriginal people residing within the boundaries of School District #8. Below are some resources that are sent to schools which contain staple items and recipes, traditional food procurement methods, education surrounding de-colonizing food systems, and more. 

Cooking In Two Worlds 

Food Is Medicine Recipe Book 

The Nuu-Chah-Nulth Healthy Eating on a Budget Cookbook For Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention

Healthy Eating on a Budget Cookbook For Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention



Breakfast Club of Canada 


They accept applications year-round from schools, School Boards/Districts, community organizations, and Band Councils seeking support for breakfast programs offered to school-aged children and youth during the school year.

The Vancouver Sun Children's Fund - Adopt-A-School Program 


If your schools is in need of support for food, clothing, and/or learning tools, this program is designed to provide funds and other basic necessities for children in need and they accept applications from school and school boards throughout B.C 


Show Kids You Care 


Show kids you care helps fund the cost of food and equipment needed to store and serve meals. They also work to educate the public about child hunger issues and the need for a national meal program. 


TD Friends of the Environment Grant - New projects yet to be developed 


Eligible projects include schoolyard greening, park revitalization, community gardens, park programming, citizen science initiatives, etc. 


Farm to School Grant 


Schools may apply for a maximum of $3,000 to invest in your Farm to School BC project. The amount granted will be dependent on the scope of your proposed program.

A total of 30 grants will be distributed this year across the province with a priority of 50% of all funding dedicated to supporting rural/remote and First Nations schools.





Frequently Asked Questions 

I am a parent and I need support

If you are a parent, please contact your child's school Principal in order to learn about the various supports and resources available to you and your child, such as no-fee meals and snacks during the school day. Parent and student confidentiality will be strictly maintained. 

What is the purpose of the new school food programs funding?

The funding is to make sure that students are fed and ready to learn by expanding existing school food programs  

Who qualifies for this funding? 

The 60 public school districts in B.C. The funding is expected to reach the 20% of the students who are facing food insecurity across the province. 

Have schools received more funding than in previous years? 

Yes, schools have received more funding than in previous years from Feeding Futures

How do we start building a school food program in our district/school? 

Please visit which contains information on how to start and/or expand a school food program. Please connect with your school principal to work together on creating a plan. 

Can we work with non-profit organizations or current community partners? 

Yes, community inclusion is essential for a long-term model of feeding students; non-profit organizations, corporate donors, and parent advisory councils will continue to play a vital role alongside schools to deliver school food programs. 

Where can I find resources regarding healthy food?

The following documents help guide nutrition within schools and can be used within the home as well to create healthy and balanced meals.

I am a parent, how do I offer support to the school?

If you are a parent wanting to offer support to your child's school food program, please reach out to the school principal to find out about volunteer opportunities. 

I help a school with their meal program, how do I get my plan approved?

Communicate directly with the principal to create a food plan for your school who will work with the District Food Program Advisor, Kelly McCafferty

The school district appreciates all of the hard work that community members and PACs put into helping develop and run the food programs in schools. If you want to get involved, please reach out to the principal at your school for more information. Below is a document that outlines general roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved in food programming in schools. 

Where can I find resources for indigenous food practices and recipes? 

Below are some documents that are sent to schools to encourage cultural diversity and reconciliation through food programming in schools. These are resources that are available to the public and can be used by families, community organizations, etc.

Cooking In Two Worlds 

Food Is Medicine Recipe Book 

Healthy Eating on a Budget Cookbook For Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention

Where can I find information about grants and who can help schools apply ?

Grant information is available above and will be updated periodically. Principals, PACs, and those involved in food programming for the schools are able to work with the principal to apply. 

What is the BC Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Program? 

The BC Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Program is a program that delivers healthy fruit and vegetable snacks to over 492,000 children in schools across B.C. This includes the +Milk program to some schools of elementary age. The program aims to increase students acceptance of, exposure to, and willingness to try fruits and vegetables as well as their knowledge and awareness of locally grown foods. The program works with local growers and distributors to bring fresh BC products to school. Every school in SD8 is enrolled in this program and will receive 24 weeks of deliveries which has been topped up 25% from previous years. 

What can schools do to support families in the district? 

School principals and staff can put together hampers to send home to families in need with perishable and non-perishable items (if storage permits within the school to store these items). Please reach out to your school principal if you need assistance providing food within your home. 

What is Backpack Buddies?

Backpack Buddies is a program designed to fill backpacks with food items that can be sent home with students on Fridays with food to last them the weekend. If you are interested in obtaining a backpack for a student, please contact your school principal to enrol. 

Information about the program can be found here: Backpack Buddies | Feed Children Across BC

What is a Universal/Convenience lunch program versus Feeding Futures/Food Equity program? 

A universal/convenience program is one that provides food to all students within the school, even if parents/guardians are able to provide a lunch, snack, and breakfast, whereas Feeding Futures/Food Equity programs target only the students and families who need support with providing these meals. Feeding Futures/Food Equity programs are designed to provide more than just lunch to students in need and includes take-home hampers, breakfast, snack, etc., in order to provide the most nutritious and cost-effective food. 

Are districts expected to offer universal food programs to students? 

The funding is expected to reach the 20% of the students who are facing food insecurity across the province/district. Building the capacity in each school community to work towards stigma and barrier free access to nutrition food for any student who needs it will take time. 

I would like to donate produce to a school. Who do I contact? 

Donations of any sorts are greatly appreciated by schools, especially fresh produce. If you would like to donate produce to a school, reach out to to get a list of schools in your area that would like to receive these donations. Donors can also reach out to school principals directly if there is a specific school you are looking to donate to.