School canteens in Canberra today must follow the National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines. If your school canteen needs to move to a healthier menu to make sure it meets the Guidelines, you’ll find plenty of support available.
All public school canteens can have their menu assessed for free by qualified nutrition experts at the ACT Nutrition Support Service. They’ll offer advice on how to ‘green up’ your menu with healthy options classified by the ‘traffic light’ system. ACT public school canteens need to have their menu assessed to meet the ACT Public School Food and Drink Policy.
Contact the ACT Nutrition Support Service to ask about your canteen menu assessment.
Canteen support and advice
The following organisations offer ongoing help in maintaining a more health-conscious canteen.
ACT Nutrition Support Service: Canteens can access free, ongoing advice and support from ACT Nutrition Support Service delivered by Nutrition Australia ACT. Advice includes menu ideas, recipes and recommendations for suitable products to meet the National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines and ACT Public School Food and Drink Policy 2015.
Healthy Kids Association: All ACT school canteens can be members of the Healthy Kids Association for free (funded by ACT Government). Members can access recipe assessments, menu help, newsletters, business consultations, support workshops, the Healthy Kids School Canteen Buyers’ Guide and ongoing phone and email support.
Contact the Healthy Kids Association to organise free membership for your canteen or school.
YMCA of Canberra: YMCA's Nutri-Y’s Food Service project is supporting schools and school canteens to provide viable, sustainable food services, which meet the National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines. The project will run through 2016-2018 and is funded, under ACT Health - Healthy Canberra Grants. Contact YMCA of Canberra if your school would like to get involved. Note that intake numbers are limited each year.
Business Support Workshops
There are workshops available for canteen managers and committees about various aspects of operation. These workshops are free for Healthy Kids Association members and will help keep your canteen thriving as you move towards a healthier menu. Contact the Healthy Kids Association to register your interest.
Tom’s Superfruits offers Fresh Tastes school canteens wholesale discounts for fresh fruit and veg. Why not become a Fresh Tastes school and enjoy the savings.
If you’re a P&C canteen, you can sign up to NSWBuy, to buy canteen supplies at government prices. To join NSWBuy, head to the ACT Council of P&C Associations website.