Kaylee Michnik, PhD Candidate, MNRM, R.D.

Community Health and Epidemiology
University of Saskatchewan

“Because not everybody likes what everyone else likes”: Parent and Student Participation in Universal, Cost-Shared School Food Programs/ Exploring the Possibilities and Impacts of a Universal School Lunch Program

Unlike many other developed countries, Canada lacks comprehensive national or provincial SFPs, leaving families responsible for providing meals for their children during school hours. This presentation focuses on the case study evaluation of the Good Food for Learning universal lunch pilot project. Preliminary results from student focus groups, and parent/caregiver interviews and surveys will be discussed. These findings consider an approach for school food policy in Canada that is universal, cost-shared, and balances the "local" within a national framework.

Speaker/Chair Bio:

Kaylee is Registered Dietitian with ten years of Canadian public health experience, working with regional/provincial and Indigenous led health authorities and municipal, provincial and federal governments. Kaylee is currently a doctoral student at the University of Saskatchewan focusing on school food programs, including supporting best practise evidence, research and advocacy. She is also the chair of Food Secure Saskatchewan and board member of Food Matters Manitoba and World Critical Dietetics.