Programs & Services - Fuel Up! School Lunch Program - Overview
Welcome to Fuel Up!
New Westminster Schools launched a groundbreaking 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 with the option to order a healthy and nutritious lunch on a daily, weekly, monthly or occasional basis. Phase One of the program was launched in early spring at three schools (Queen Elizabeth Elementary, Queensborough Middle, and École Qayqayt Elementary).
We were pleased to begin district-wide implementation of our Fuel UP! program at all elementary and middle schools in September and October of 2019.
Our budget-friendly healthy daily lunch options meet BC School Nutrition Guidelines. The caterer provides a range of menu options 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)