Programs & Services - Fuel Up! School Lunch Program - Overview
Welcome to Fuel Up!
New Westminster Schools launched the first phase of a school lunch program in February 2019 that aims to ensure that “no child is hungry and every child eats healthy” (Board of Education motion: June 2017).
The school district partnered with Ready Maid Meals to provide parents at three schools (Queen Elizabeth Elementary, Queensborough Middle, and École Qayqayt Elementary) with the option to order a healthy and nutritious lunch on a daily, weekly, monthly or occasional basis.
We are now excited to begin district-wide implementation of our Fuel UP! program at all elementary and middle schools starting September and October 2019. Our lunch launch begins:
September 16: Lord Kelvin Elementary
September 24: École Glenbrook Middle /F.W. Howay Elementary
September 26: École Herbert Spencer Elementary
October 8: Fraser River Middle
October 9: Richard McBride Elementary
October 10: École Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary
October 11: Connaught Heights Elementary
Our budget-friendly healthy daily lunch options meet BC School Nutrition Guidelines. The caterer will provide a range of menu options on a daily, weekly or monthly basis through an easy-to-use online platform.
Participation in the program is voluntary. Those families choosing to participate will see 50 cents of the cost of each meal going to support a subsidy. Those students who do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food will be able to access full and partial subsidies without stigma.
This program is unique in Canada. Our goals for a universally accessible program include ensuring the program is fully integrated into our schools, our curriculum, and the community. More information about our launch can be found here.
Questions and comments can be directed to: Fuelup@sd40.bc.ca
Listen to CBC “Early Edition” Radio Interview with Superintendent Karim Hachlaf:
“Healthy lunches are on their way to New Westminster Schools.” (Jan. 29, 2019)