Provide Tangible Food-Based Support

A detailed description of the practice

Support families who are struggling by providing tangible food-based support such as grocery gift cards.

This practice:

is cost-efficient to put in place
is effective in promoting health and wellness among students
is well received by most students
is well received by teachers and school staff
is helping build and maintain a healthy school culture
reaches most students and families within a school
reaches the students and families who need it most

But this practice:

is not easy and quick to implement
will not be used for years to come
requires extensive planning
requires additional staff time
requires support or partnerships from outside the school
requires additional funding
is not sustainable over time given staff turnover, costs, training, etc.
is not easy to integrate into the curriculum (Program of Studies)

Examples of specific activities

Family games

Grocery store gift cards for families

Send food items in students’ home learning packages

Solicit support from local grocers or businesses

Build food hampers for families

More from the stakeholders from the education and health sectors about this practice

Is easy and quick to implement if the school has already identified those students or families in need.
May take extra time, but would be extremely beneficial to those in need.
I implemented this at a previous school and it was set up easily and with success.