Rocky View Schools (RVS) said they are appreciative of additional funding from the province for the district's nutritional program. The comments come after the government announced that a one-time $5-million grant will expand the province's school nutrition program to provide more students with well-rounded meals and snacks this school year. 

The funding will automatically flow to public, separate, francophone and applicable public charter schools through regular funding channels.

"RVS recognizes the importance of daily nutrition and believes healthy eating is a key component in educational success. We do not have an estimated dollar amount for RVS at this time," a spokesperson for RVS stated. 

This one-time grant increases the pre-existing funding by 25 per cent, bringing the total funding to $25 million to run nutrition programs for the 2023-24 school year. The province said that through this funding, school jurisdictions will be able to create, continue or enhance nutrition programs in identified schools," the province stated. It is estimated that more than 58,000 students across the province currently receive a daily nutritious meal through Alberta’s school nutrition program.

"To acknowledge the rising costs of food and services, we’re thrilled to be able to provide additional funding to support student nutrition through the end of this school year," said Minister of Education. Demetrios Nicolaides.

Alberta’s government encourages school jurisdictions to partner with community organizations to best meet the food needs of their students.

"Through the flexibility of this program, local school boards can make decisions that best support their students and families while building strong connections within the community and with local organizations." 

According to the province, $20 million has already been provided to school authorities for the school nutrition program.