Food Insecurity Action Plan for Schools in Nunavut
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Dear Honorable Paul Quassa,
Across Canada children everywhere enjoy the much needed nutrition brought to them in our schools via a snack program. Either breakfast, lunch or a nutritious snack is served by volunteers. It has been brought to the rest of Canada's attention that most school's in Nunavut do not have any program such as this at all.
It has also been brought to our attention that the children of Nunavut have the highest dental failures across Canada. The teeth are a clear indication of lack of nutrition. On March 20th 2014 120 children under 7 were flown to Churchill for dental surgery. It cost $1M to help these children. This is a clear reactive approach. Reacting to the lack of nutrition by a short term painful solution. A proactive approach would be to provide the children with nutritious food in their classrooms. $1M towards a snack program in your territory would certainly go a long way.
These are your people, your people's children, this is the next generation of growing developing children whose bodies need nutrition.
The rest of Canada realized sometimes families everywhere need help to provide their children enough food, nutritious food. Which is why the rest of Canada school's have implemented snack programs.
This is 2015 why does Nunavut not have these same advantages? We believe it is time for this to change. Not in 5 years or 2 years, this is something that the Government needs to implement for the upcoming year. This is a priority situation and should be addressed as such.
This petition is meant to bring this to your attention. The good people of the North deserve an answer to this plea. Their children deserve a snack program like the rest of the children in Canada!
We await your response. This petition concept came from the comments and pleas by many Canadians and your people on the site Feeding My Family. That might be a good place for a friendly response. Thank you.