Food Entitlement: Who has the Right to Eat?
6 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2010
Date Written: August 22, 2010
Canada is one of the only industrialized countries that does not have a national school meal program. Even a number of developing countries like Brazil, Costa Rica and Indonesia, have school meal programs that are funded and regulated by their federal governments. The USA federal government has provided subsidized meal programs since 1946, conversely, the Canadian federal government makes no contribution to school meal programs. Why? During the 1940s and 1950s, Canada considered funding a national school meal program and rejected it. This political history of Canada’s attempts to institute a national meal program has never been explored. I will consider why women, in particular single mothers, continue to struggle to raise families; as 51.6% of lone parent families headed by women live in poverty and to explore why Canada is one of the only industrialized countries that does not have a nationally funded or nationally regulated school meal program. I will explore the existing school meal programs that developed in the late 1980s as a response to perceptions of children arriving at school hungry. Poverty is strongly linked to poor health and poor school achievement.
Keywords: Canada, Food Security, Gender and Poverty, School Meal Programs
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