Thumbs up for nutritious meals for students
Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 06:00 am
We agree with the provincial government’s decision to extend its existing school nutrition program to schools across Alberta (see story on page 2).
Nutrition is important and we know first-hand how difficult it can be to focus on work when we’ve been writing stories all day and haven’t had a chance to eat lunch. The same goes for kids in class with empty stomachs. How can they focus if all they can hear is their stomach growling because they haven’t had anything to eat all day? And that could be for a variety of reasons.
A $3.5 million pilot project involving 14 school divisions was launched last year and has delivered nutritious meals to more than 5,000 students daily, in 33 schools. The province announced April 5 an additional $10 million is being allotted to the program in the 2017-18 school year to deliver the program province-wide. That means the 14 school boards involved in the pilot project will receive $250,000 each while the remaining 46 school boards will each receive $141,000.
Although there have been many controversial moves the NDP government has made since being elected in 2015, we could probably all agree providing nutritious meals to students across the province is a move in the right direction.