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​Healthy Eating at School

Make the mood, not the food, the focus of the celebration! Classroom events can be fun and exciting with an activity, a small gift or a healthy food choice. When school celebrations do involve food, provide healthy options and ensure that the food is safe and served in appropriate portion sizes. 

Ideas for your next classroom celebration:
  • Small school supplies such as pencils, erasers, bookmarks or stickers
  • Purchase a book for the classroom or school library and read it to the class
  • Plan extra activity time outside or in the gym
  • Frozen fruit or yogurt bars
  • Fruit kebobs or cut-up fruit with vanilla yogurt dip
  • Vegetables and dip
  • Yogurt or yogurt tubes
  • Cheese strings
  • Chocolate milk
  • Air popped popcorn and fresh fruit
  • Pizza on whole wheat crust with vegetable and lean meat toppings
Benefits of offering healthy foods and beverages
  • Reinforces the classroom healthy eating education
  • Teaches students that healthy food can be “fun food”
  • Keeps students’ teeth healthy
  • Promotes healthy eating within families
  • Fosters a school environment that values and supports healthy eating
Developed in collaboration with Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

Choose activities to raise money that are unrelated to food, or that offer the healthiest food and beverages. These activities can be just as profitable and popular as the more traditional chocolate sales while offering a healthy option. The Ministry of Education, School Food and Beverage Policy (P/PM 150) supports positive, healthy messages taught in the classroom by promoting healthy food choices and non-food items for school fundraising ideas even if they occur off school property.

Tips and Ideas

  • Promote quality products (e.g. oranges that are in season)
  • Offer competitive prices
  • Offer product samples to view and if possible, taste
  • Keep your community motivated and involved in your fundraising; advertise in the school newsletter, newspaper and community centre, and on outside school signs
  • Mix it up. Select from a range of different activities throughout the year (e.g. family-oriented, physically active ideas or helping others in the community) instead of relying solely on food sales
  • Collect donated items for a garage sale or hold a penny sale
  • Hold a silent auction featuring the products and talents of local businesses (e.g.
  • round of golf, haircut, gift baskets, manicure, etc.)
  • Produce and sell an annual school calendar
  • Sell raffle tickets for a donated prize (e.g.  local grocery store, garden nursery, sports
  • equipment, etc.)
  • Charge a small admission fee for a school dance, sports event, etc.
  • Ask students to collect pledges for a reada-thon, jump-a-thon, walk-a-thon, etc.
  • Hold theme days where students pay to either dress up in their pajamas, etc., or have a crazy hair day
  • Hold a raffle for gift baskets with different themes
  • Gift cards
  • School spirit days
  • Evening events (e.g. family movie, trivia, bingo nights)
  • Rummage sales (e.g. used books, equipment, clothing)
  • Active ideas (e.g. treasure/scavenger hunt,
  • Amazing Race, basketball competition)
  • Rent-a-helper (e.g. rake leaves, paint fence, gift-wrapping)

Additional Fundraising Ideas

Healthy Eating at School: Legislation

Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) No. 150​ 
(Ontario's school food and beverage policy)


About the Policy
  • The School Food and Beverage Policy ensures that all students in Ontario are exposed to healthy food and beverage choices and messages consistent with Canada’s Food Guide correlating to the curriculum.
  • The policy applies to food and beverages sold:
    • In all venues on school properties (e.g., tuck shops, cafeterias).
    • Through all programs, including catered lunch programs.
    • At all events on school property, including bake sales, fun fairs and sports events.

Content adapted from Champlain Declaration Healthy Schools 1010 Workshop Report. Last viewed on July 21, 2011 at www.healthyschools2020.ca

Developed in collaboration with Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

Healthy Eating
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