Joy Burch has announced the outcomes of the loftily titled “High Level Ministerial Taskforce on Canteens”:
“The 2013-14 ACT Budget committed $200,000 to support our school canteens, and the Taskforce’s report gives us clear direction on how we can use these funds to simplify canteen operations for schools and families,” Ms Burch said.
“The $200,000 for Canteen Grants is to be provided to the ACT Parents’ and Citizens’ Association to support P&C-run canteen services in public schools, promote healthy food choices for students and provide access to an online ordering system.”
The taskforce included representatives from the ACT Council of Parents and Citizens’ Associations, Nutrition Australia ACT, ACT School Canteen Association and Healthy Kids Association.
The introduction of a single online ordering portal for all ACT public schools was something the Council of P&C Associations has strongly advocated. A handful of ACT schools already offer online orders. Other recommendations included:
– The ACT Education and Training Directorate will implement a standard contract for schools entering into agreements with school P&C Associations for the operation of a canteen;
– The Council of P&C Associations, ACT Health and Healthy Kids Association will identify mechanisms to support schools to implement sustainable business practices into their canteens to ensure financial viability to deliver healthy food services.
In addition, the Government will deliver its 2013-14 Budget allocation of $500,000 for the Investing in Healthy Kids Initiative to provide up to two water refill stations in around 40 ACT public schools.
It seems like a lot of high altitude bombing to lob around a measly $200,000.