Learn about how the District is adapting the school meal program during the COVID-19 pandemic to support hungry children here
There are several low-cost and free food programs operating in Burnaby during the COVID-19 pandemic. A list is being maintained by the Burnaby Public Library and can be found here.
The Burnaby School District established the School Meal Program to provide a nutritious lunch for those students who would otherwise go hungry while at school. It is paid for by a combination of parent contributions, charitable donations, and funding from the provincial Ministry of Education. The cost of this program for the 2016/17 school year is $70 per month, per child. Families who wish to participate but are unable to pay this amount in full are asked to contribute monthly any amount that they can.
The $70 monthly contribution is a fixed rate and students participating in the School Meal Program are expected to receive a meal every day of the school week. Food is ordered and prepared based on an established number of participants, and it is not possible to provide meals for individual students only on select days.
It is the parents’ responsibility to review the monthly menu and to ensure that their child is aware of any menu item that is prohibited due to dietary restriction. Parents are responsible to instruct the child to avoid this menu item. Despite our reasonable efforts, the school district cannot guarantee that there are no allergens which may cause an anaphylactic reaction in our menu items. Therefore, children who have life threatening food allergies should not participate in the School Meal program.
Currently, the elementary schools within the district which participate in the School Meal program include:
Updated April 17, 2020