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Food for Sale: Creating a healthier school environment

ACT public schools follow the ACT Public School Food and Drink Policy 2015. Food for Sale can help public schools implement this Policy. The policy requires schools to stop selling or providing ‘red’ food items (see the traffic light system) and to limit the number of ‘red’ items used at your school’s events and fundraisers.

The goal of Food for Sale is to ensure that food and drinks sold by the school to students, including through the canteen, fundraising activities and school events, meet the National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines and the ACT Public School Food and Drink Policy 2015.

The fact of the matter is, Australian children aged 5-16 years consume 32% of their total energy needs during school hours through meals, snacks and drinks.

In the ACT, school canteens follow the National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines. These Guidelines use a ‘traffic light’ system to categorise food and drinks.

There’s support available to help your school’s canteen provide delicious healthy food and snacks while staying financially viable.

The Food for Sale action area

Focus:

  • Canteen support and advice
  • Resources
  • Training on how to apply the traffic light system

Benefits:

  • Helps public schools implement the ACT Public School Food and Drink Policy
  • Provides ideas for delicious healthy food and snacks
  • Healthy canteens can reinforce learning in the classroom
  • School canteens and events offer opportunities for parents, carers and students to gain hands-on healthy cooking skills

Your Fresh Tastes school can access support, resources and discounts provided by our partners. You’ll find more information in the Fresh Tastes Action Planning Guides that are provided to participating schools. If your school isn’t yet involved in Fresh Tastes, contact us today.

We’ve put together some success stories about how some of our Fresh Tastes schools have approached this action area and achieved some great results!

Coming soon...

Keep an eye out for our special guide for canteen managers on how to apply the traffic light system. Plus we’ve also created a guide to healthy fundraising and BBQs – this will also be available on this page soon!