A school snack program contains at least one serving of two food groups of Canada’s Food Guide with at least one serving from the Vegetables and Fruit food group. The program should be offered at least 3 days per school week, but ideally daily, if possible. Drinking water is always available and offered.

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Ministry guidelines outline that all programs are universal and accessible by all students in the schools. This means all students have the opportunity to participate and access the program. As well, programs do not stigmatize or single out participating children and youth.


1.     Pre-planning checklist- a resource to plan your new snack program

2.     Contact us. We can guide you to start a student nutrient program.

3.     Funding and budgeting for your school snack program

4.     Volunteer recruitment

5.     Types of Program Delivery (Grab N Go, Classroom Bins or Sit-down)

6.     Snack menu ideas that meet the Ministry Nutrition Guidelines

7.     Buy food from sources that are safe

8.     Practice food safety and sign up for the YorkSafe Food Handler's Certification training

9.     Equipment and supplies you may need

10.  Manage a successful school snack program

Contact a Community Development Coordinator and/or a Nutrition Educator to support you during the pre-planning process or anytime throughout the school year. 

Video: Tips & strategies to run a snack program