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Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools

Healthy meal and snack options are an important part of creating healthy eating environments where we live, learn, work and play. These resources provide you with information on nutrition standards for schools in B.C. 

Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools

The Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools (the Guidelines) define the minimum nutrition standards that schools are required to use to determine what food and beverages can be sold to students. This document contains information, tools and fact sheets to support implementation of the Guidelines across the school setting. The Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools are available in English and in French.

Guidelines At-a-Glance

The Guidelines At-a-Glance provide a brief overview of the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools. The Guidelines At-a-Glance are available in English and in French.

Ready-to-Use Guidelines Presentations

These ready-to-use slide presentations can help you teach others about the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools. They will help you provide an overview of the Guidelines, provide details on how to implement the Guidelines, and teach others how to use the Checklist. Speaking notes are inserted into the second version of each presentation listed below. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The Checklist: Scoring Summary Reports

The scoring summary reports help people that prepare food and beverages for sale to students in B.C. schools score freshly-made foods using the Checklist. You can find the Checklist in the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools (PDF 5.61 MB), on pages 18 to 37. 

To get started, score your menu items using the Checklist, and then record the results in the relevant scoring summary report listed below. There is a separate report for each food and beverage category in the Checklist. The scoring summary reports can then be shared with school food purchasers to prove that freshly made menu items meet the criteria set out in the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools. 

Resources to Support the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools

These resources provide information to support implementation of the Guidelines in British Columbia schools. 

Brand Name Food List 
The Brand Name Food List (the List) is a tool to help British Columbians choose ready-to-eat food and beverages that meet the nutrition standards for schools and public buildings.     

Healthy Fundraising for Schools 
This guide provides healthy fundraising ideas that meet the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools. Teachers, administrators, parents and students who organize fundraising activities can use this guide to find inspiration, tips and helpful ideas. See: Healthy Fundraising for Schools. (PDF 2.03 MB)   

Bake Better Bites: Recipes and Tips for Healthier Baked Goods 
This resource contains recipes and tips for preparing healthy baked goods. This resource supports the implementation of the Guidelines for Food and Beverages Sales in BC Schools and is helpful for parents, community volunteers, school staff and students. See: Bake Better Bites: Recipes and Tips for Healthier Baked Goods. (PDF 2.43 MB). 

Tips and Recipes for Quantity Cooking: Nourishing Minds and Bodies 
This resource includes tips on how to choose healthy recipes, substitutions to make favourite recipes healthier and a selection of delicious recipes. This resource supports the implementation of the Guidelines for Food and Beverages Sales in BC Schools and is helpful for people who prepare meals and snacks for schools. See: Tips and Recipes for Quantity Cooking: Nourishing Minds and Bodies.    

Common Cooking and Baking Conversions 
Use this tool to help you change from imperial to metric measurements when scoring your recipes for freshly made foods. See: Common Cooking and Baking Conversions

School Meal and School Nutrition Program Handbook 
This handbook supports school meal coordinators, school administrators, caterers, and others who are involved in providing healthy food and beverages to vulnerable students. The School Meal and School Nutrition Program Handbook (PDF 7.3 MB) is based on the 2010 edition of the Guidelines but provides useful information on healthy eating, meal planning, fundraising, and program planning and evaluation. 

Useful Websites

Healthy Schools BC
Healthy Schools BC is a partnership of organizations working together on healthy school initiatives. The website has a collection of healthy schools information and resources to help support the health and learning of students. The website is available in English and French.

Healthy Eating at School
Healthy Eating at School supports school communities in B.C. to take action on school nutrition policy and practices. It uses a comprehensive school health model to address issues such as healthy fundraising, the school environment, nutrition education, food at school, community partners and school nutrition policy.

School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project
The School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project promotes health in B.C. elementary schools. Find information about community resources, helping students choose activities they enjoy, building confidence and more.

Last Updated: June 2021