Informed by my time working for the Ontario Student Nutrition Program, my research examines school-based food and local food ‘farm-to-school’ programs. Specifically, my work explores the possibility of these programs to expand the scope and sustainability of local/regional food production via scaled-up programming and sales to elementary and high school-based breakfast, snack, and lunch programs.
Nationally, I examine school food models across the country, and the broader movement that is calling for a National School Food Program as Canada is the only G7 country without such a program. In June 2019, I was honoured to participate in the Federal Government’s first roundtable on developing a National School Food Program to discuss preliminary results from the 2018/19 Canadian School Food Program Survey I conducted in collaboration with Dr. McKenna at the University of New Brunswick.
Collectively, my research aims to capture the social and economic return on investment of school food programs to move the dial on health and well-being in Canada while supporting the Canadian economy.