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Schools & Child Care

School Food & Beverage Policy

School administrators have a role to play in ensuring that all publicly-funded elementary and secondary schools in Ontario are complying with the nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold in schools, as outlined in the Ontario School Food and Beverage policy (SFBP or PPM 150). The policy applies to food and beverages sold:
  • in all venues on school property such as cafeterias, vending machines and tuck shops
  • through all programs, including catered lunch programs, and
  • at all events on school property, including bake sales and sport events.

The nutrition standards do not apply to lunches or snacks brought from home.The policy helps supports what children learn about healthy eating in the classroom by making healthy options more available in the school.

School administrators should:

  • Refer to internal school board policies related to nutrition, healthy eating and School Food and Beverage Policy
  • Be aware of the food safety requirements in schools
  • Refer school staff and volunteers to the Ministry of Education website for tools and resources to assist them in planning events where food may be offered
  • Encourage food service providers to assess the food and/or beverages they intend to sell to schools to determine compliance. There are tools and resources available to them on the Ministry of Education website.
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