WCSS has adapted our school lunch program to better support food security and nutrition within our community. Our goal is to support the health and academic engagement of students by delivering snacks and lunch items Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to Whistler’s four elementary schools. There will be no application process.
Snacks and lunch items will be available throughout the day for any children who may have forgotten to pack a lunch and/or require additions to their lunch. Food will be provided in low profile packaging that can be obtained from a communal student access fridge. All food items that are prepared or repackaged will be date stamped and labelled clearly with ingredients, allergy alerts, or to denote items that are for a restricted diet.
Cara Burrow, School Lunch Coordinator
School Lunch Program FAQ
Where does funding for this program come from?
Our title sponsor, the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, generously provides grant money to cover this program, this is a free resource for our schools! We also accept funding for this program from various businesses and individuals in our community, including the DAYHU Group of companies.
Why Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday?
We are running this program mid week due to the number of holidays and PD days on Mondays and Fridays. In addition, we have some schools that have a half day every Friday, and we run a very busy Food Bank service on Monday’s which means that we have no access to our WCSS kitchen and supplies on that day. WCSS is closed on Sundays which interferes with prep time for Monday morning.
Who are we helping currently with food security?
We are serving on average 250 – 300 people at our Food Bank every month and roughly 60 – 80 of these are children. This number has gone up significantly with our move to a more village central location with our visits growing every month on average. The number one reason that people access our Food Bank services is illness or injury. Families come here for many reasons, not all of them are directly financial. These numbers are indicative of a trend in community hunger that is filtering into our schools.
What type of food will be provided? What about waste?
We will be working to provide the most nutritionally dense, enjoyable options available with the least amount of waste possible. The number one goal at this point is to provide more kids with healthy food more often. We will be working to combine this program with a waste diversion initiative as we move forward. If you have specific questions about meal-plans, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I have questions, suggestions, concerns or feedback?
Please communicate all suggestions, feedback, or ideas you may have to WCSS. This program is new in our town but is modelled off a very successful school lunch program in Squamish. We are here to help and want to make this program as efficient, safe, and useful as possible for your children. We are working to create a program that suits our town’s unique needs.