Programs & Services - Fuel Up! School Lunch Program - Overview
Welcome to Fuel Up!
New Westminster Schools is launching the first phase of a school lunch program that aims to ensure that “no child is hungry and every child eats healthy” (Board of Education motion: June 2017).
The school district has partnered with Ready Maid Meals to provide parents with the option to order a healthy and nutritious lunch on a daily, weekly, monthly or occasional basis.
We are excited to begin our district-wide implementation in three schools this year. A full, district-wide implementation is planned for 2019-2020. The three schools are:
- February 5, 2019 – École Qayqayt Elementary School
- February 7, 2019 – Queen Elizabeth Elementary School
- February 8, 2019 – Queensborough Middle School
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. 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)