Teaching and learning activities are at the heart of a school’s efforts to develop food literate students that have the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to choose, grow, prepare and enjoy food to support one’s health, community, and the environment. Opportunities to foster food literacy and develop food skills exist in the classroom across curriculum areas, and are strengthened by hands-on learning in gardens, kitchens, local farms and in the community. Programs, both during and outside of school, that teach healthy eating are complemented by efforts to build food skills such as cooking, label-reading, grocery shopping and growing food. There is no one way to engage in teaching and learning to foster food literacy, so feel free to begin with what you are comfortable with and build from there.
Here are links to provincial programs and resources that support schools to engage in teaching and learning activities to foster food literacy:
BC Agriculture in the Classroom
BC’s award winning Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation is a non-profit organization that works through its various programs with educators to bring BC’s agriculture to students in BC.
BC Cancer Agency
BC Cancer Agency has developed Hi5Living.org, an award-winning program to teach young people about cancer prevention and healthy living.
BC Dairy Association Workshops, Lessons and Resources
BC Dairy Association is a not-for-profit organization funded by the dairy farmers in British Columbia that delivers leading edge nutrition education programs to students in BC Schools.
Farm to School BC
Farm To School (F2S) is broadly defined as a school-based program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms. It aims to improve student nutrition, and to provide students with educational opportunities about foods and the local food system, while supporting local farmers and the local food economy.
Healthy Schools Network
The Healthy Schools Network (HSN) is a community of educators across the province who are motivated, skilled, and supported in the pursuit of student wellness initiatives within their classrooms, schools, or districts.
Heart and Stroke Foundation’s HeartSmart Kids™
The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) is a national organization with a mission to create healthier lives free of heart disease. Through local area offices HSF supports communities with education and resources.
Sip Smart! BC™
The Sip Smart! BC™ Teacher Resource Guide helps teach children from Grades 4 to 6 what they need to know to make healthy drink choices. Sip Smart! BC™ was developed by the BC Pediatric Society and Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon.