Students are stepping up and asking their campuses for good food. Food that is socially just, sustainable, healthy, and accessible for all. As a result, campuses are gaining a better understanding of the link between a healthy diet and a student’s ability to learn, as well as the impact on the environment and the local economy.
Farm to School: Canada Digs In! is a multi-year chronic disease prevention initiative that is helping to get healthy local foods to students. Ten campuses across five provinces have participated. One of the activities of Canada Digs In! was the launch of the Good Food Challenge, led by Meal Exchange Canada, a key partner of Canada Digs In!
Students and staff from the following universities and colleges participated in the Farm to School: Canada Digs In! initiative between 2017 and 2019. Click on the links to read their stories.
As part of the Challenge, campuses sign the Good Food Campus Commitment to show leadership and innovation in the food system and accountability to the well-being of their student community. By signing the commitment, they agree to increase their procurement of Good Food to 20% by 2025 and make Good Food more affordable and accessible for all students.
To learn how Meal Exchange defines and identifies Good Food, check out the Good Food Guide.
The Good Food Wheel below shows the relationship between different components and stakeholders in food systems.
Want to know how campuses can change food systems? Read this fact sheet. (Cette resource est disponible en anglais seulement)
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