Kid Food Nation is a national food skills initiative, designed for kids aged 7-12 years. The initiative aims to help improve Canadians’ food skills and support healthy eating habits by empowering and educating kids, parents and families to develop practical knowledge and experience related to planning, preparing and cooking healthy meals and snacks.
The Program teaches about food preparation, nutrition, and other skills. At our Club this program is facilitated by Red Seal Chef Katie Dawson who helps the kids in the program prepare a new dish and sit down together to eat. The Kid Food Nation food skills curriculum is delivered over eight weeks. Each week focuses on healthy recipes and a specific set of food skills such as meal planning or safe use of kitchen equipment. From start to finish Kid Food Nation is equipping kids with important skills that will stick with them for life.
By the Numbers - Statistics from Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada Evaluation of Kid Food Nation
Kids who participate in the Kid Food Nation program are taking their skills home to their families
Kid Food Nation is funded in part by the Public Health Agency of Canada through its Multi-Sectoral Partnerships Approach to Promote Healthy Living and Prevent Chronic Disease Program. This program brings together multiple sectors to address complex social health issues, such as reducing childhood obesity, preventing chronic disease and helping Canadians lead healthier lives.
The United Way of PEI helps fund Kid Food Nation through the Island Food Security Grant Program made possible thanks to the success of the 2018 PEI Burger Love Campaign’s “Give Back Burger” initiative. Participating restaurants donated $1 for each Give Back Burger sold in April to the United Way of PEI’s Food Security Grant program, which supports programs that increase access to local and affordable food for Islanders.
The President’s Choice Children’s Charity supports school-based breakfast, lunch and snack programs in every province and territory. The charity is committed to helping children across Canada realize their full potential in life by ensuring they attend school well-nourished and ready to learn.