Food Literacy in the BC Curriculum

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What is food literacy?

Food literacy is, “Having the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to choose, grow, prepare and enjoy healthy food to support one’s health, community and the environment. It means understanding the impact of our food choices on our health, the environment and our economy” (Fraser Health Authority).

How can you build food literacy at your school?

Vancouver Coastal Health suggests that you can consider the following questions:

  • How can we provide students with hands-on food experiences, rather than a focus on nutrition information?

  • What links can be made with activities in the classroom, garden, kitchen or community?

  • How can we create a supportive environment by improving access to healthy foods at school?

  • In what ways can we honour the social, traditional and cultural values of harvesting, preparing, and eating food?

  • What opportunities exist to partner with local farmers, food distributors, or community members to bring local and indigenous food and knowledge into our school?