Healthy Foods Program
Barrier-free access to nutrition and food literacy remains a top priority for LTCES.
Weekly Salad Bar: One of our key programs, and a weekly highlight for Lake Trail students, is our salad bar. Over the 2021 to 2022 school year, LTCES served over 5000 free lunches through our salad bar and bagged lunch program! This program is coordinated by LTCES staff and delivered by a core group of dedicated volunteers. Every salad bar includes a basic green mix with a range of seasonal vegetables, a side salad, a grain, and protein. For many of our families, preparation of healthy meals and salads is a barrier. The salad bar program introduces nutrition which many youths are not adequately receiving at home.
While many schools charge a nominal fee to cover expenses, Lake Trail’s salad bar remains free of charge.
Program Snacks: As a part of our mandate, LTCES offers free or low barrier programs for youth and families in West Courtenay. Healthy snacks are offered at these programs to support young people in gaining extra nutrition as well as staying alert and energetic during programs. We anticipate serving 1000 free after school and family program snacks over the 2023 year.
Cooking Programs: Another key piece of our food literacy support are free after-school cooking programs, providing youth with the skills and confidence to prepare healthy, tasty, affordable meals. LTCES is also re-establishing cooking programs for community members after a hiatus due to the pandemic.
Exciting food literacy, food security, and education momentum lays ahead with the build of the new Lake Trail Community School Garden and Outdoor Hub, and the evolution of our Healthy Foods Program which also includes free after school cooking programs.
Healthy Foods Sponsorship!
Community members and businesses are invited to sponsor a month of our healthy foods programs. Click here to review the options and find out how you can make a positive impact in your community.