The worst lunch Chantal Ingram ever saw was a can of pop and half a family-sized bag of chips.
Then there was the juice box and four pieces of Halloween candy. That was pretty bad, too.
What passes for an acceptable student lunch these days can be unhealthy, incomplete and downright scary. But Ingram, a mother of two, is hoping to change that.
She’s the director of programs at Halton Food for Thought, a five-year-old initiative. The program makes healthy food readily available to students, and sets out to show children what’s good for them, what isn’t, and how to make food that’s good for you taste, well, good.
The initiative is funded by the provincial government and, in part, by United Way of Oakville, which donated more than $21,000 to the student nutrition programs last year.