Our Story

Our Story

Healthy Students Eating Healthy Meals

Learn more about how the School Lunch Association started, how we’ve grown and the work we’re currently doing.


hot nutritious lunches will be served daily in 2017-2018

In 1988, an interchurch group who were investigating the use of food banks in the City of St. John’s, prepared a report entitled Poverty: The One Thing Money Can’t Buy. Their study concluded that in the many families that used food banks in St. John’s, that their children were being kept home from school because the parents did not have the money or food to send with their children for lunch.


meals will be served in 30 schools this year

To investigate this problem and to seek solutions, a committee called The Committee for Hungry Children was formed in 1988. After about a year of investigation and planning, a pilot project was started with funding from the Provincial Government. This pilot project would have lunches prepared and served to all students at Bishop Field Elementary School. On November 6, 1989 147 meals were served at the School which marked the beginning of the School Lunch Association.


will need to be raised to ensure success

Today, The School Lunch Association operates in 30 schools on the Eastern Avalon and serves approximately 5,400 meals per day. We still value our original mission statement and strive to operate a non-stigmatizing program that provides a hot, nutritious lunch for school children, regardless of a family’s financial situation.

Healthy Students Eating Healthy Meals

Donate today and provide hot, nutritious meals to our school children