Programs & Services - Fuel Up! School Lunch Program - Overview
Welcome to Fuel Up!
New Westminster Schools launched a groundbreaking school lunch program in February 2019 to achieve an important goal: ensure that no child is hungry and every child eats healthy.
We’re proud to partner with Simply Foods to provide parents with the option to order a healthy and nutritious lunch on a daily, weekly, monthly or occasional basis.
Our budget-friendly and healthy daily lunch options meet the BC School Nutrition Guidelines – with menu options available to order through an easy-to-use online platform.
There are many reasons families in New Westminster have chosen to participate: it takes the stress off of packing lunches every day, options are affordable and healthy … but also, it’s a program that gives back! 50 cents from each meal ordered goes to support a subsidy for a child who otherwise might not have a lunch to eat. And because noone knows who has ordered food and who is taking advantage of either full or partial subsidies, all kids enjoy their lunch together without the stigma that other meal programs can sometimes have.
As we continue to develop and improve this innovative program, our catering partners are also refining their process. Menu offerings have been updated and improved, taking parent and school feedback into consideration. And in this unusual year, the new delivery model will ensure that the food delivery also takes new COVID safety measures into consideration.
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.
Questions and comments can be directed to: Fuelup@sd40.bc.ca
Interested in some of the background behind the program? Listen to this archived CBC “Early Edition” Radio Interview with Superintendent Karim Hachlaf:
“Healthy lunches are on their way to New Westminster Schools.” (Jan. 29, 2019)