Cafeteria Services and Nutrition Education Division


Cafeteria Services and Nutrition Education is comprised of 18 school cafeterias (list of cafeterias) serving over 400,000 meals per year to elementary and high school students.(head office personnel

A multicultural menu offering a variety of nutritious meals at subsidized prices is carefully prepared by our dietitians. (2011-2012 cafeteria menu and price list)

Our courteous staff of over 50 trained food service employees take pleasure in serving the students foods that are lower in sugar, fat and food additives and that provide essential nutrients according to Canada’s Food Guide. ( Eating Well with Canada's food Guide)

Nutrition Policy

The EMSB Nutrition Policy aims at promoting health-enhancing attitudes and behaviors among all students by providing an environment encouraging healthy eating habits. By ensuring access to nutritious foods through our school cafeterias and our nutritional support programs, we contribute to the achievement of our students’ full academic potential.
By teaching the essential knowledge and skills students need to make nutritious food choices, we contribute to the prevention of childhood nutrition-related problems such as obesity, diabetes and dental diseases. (Nutrition Policy)

On January 28, 2009, the Council of Commissioners approved the updated EMSB Nutrition Policy which has been remodeled in accordance with the Ministère de l’éducation , du loisirs et du sport (MELS)’ new provincial Policy on healthy eating and physical activity. (link to MELS) This Nutrition Policy regulates all food distribution (cafeteria, daycare service(daycare Services), nutritional support program, lunch service(ouside food suppliers), vending machine, regular fundraising (in school fundraising campaigns)and extracurricular activities) in all EMSB schools and centers, during regular school activities.

All administrators, teachers, staff, volunteers and governing boards have a responsibility to respect the Nutrition Policy by promoting/modeling healthy eating habits and distributing nutritious foods to students during regular school activities. (Administrators, teachers, staff & members of Governing Boards)In addition, families are kindly asked to cooperate and respect the Nutrition Policy by sending nutritious foods to school. (general guidelines for families)

EMSB Hot Lunch Service

The EMSB catering service offers a hot lunch service to elementary schools without a cafeteria. (EMSB catering service)

Nutritional Support programs

  • The EMSB offers various nutritional support programs.
  • To supplement the often calcium deficient diets of children, the Milk Program offers milk to all elementary school students 3 or 5 days per week.
  • Snack Programs and subsidized Lunch Programs are offered in disadvantaged schools.
  • Subsidized breakfast and Lunch Programs are offered in most high schools.

Nutrition Education

Our dietitian plans and implements various nutrition education activities geared at providing dietary strategies to students, parents and staff to maintain an adequate nutritional status. 

Hands-on activities on nutritional labeling for elementary school students, in-school workshops with teachers, Nutrition Month (March) Campaign, information newsletters for parents and in-class sessions for high school students are examples of various nutrition activities taking place in EMSB schools.

As part of the “Read What You Eat” series focusing on nutritional labeling, students in cycle 1 learn to identify ingredients on juice boxes and determine which are the “real juices” and which are the “impostor juices”.   (Is it a Real Juice or an Imposter?)

In cycle 2, students evaluate a variety of snacks according to the nutrition label and ingredient list. (Healthy Snacking)

In cycle 3, students identify ingredients on cereal boxes and determine which are “refined” and which are “whole grain” cereals.  They also learn to evaluate the sugar and fiber content of cereals. (Let’s Learn about Cereals )

Throughout the year newsletters are developed and sent out to assist parents in preparing healthy snacks and lunches for their children.

Newsletter #1)Rise & Shine It’s Breakfast Time

Newsletter #2)3 Simple Rules for an Award Winning Lunch Box

Newsletter #3)  “Smart Snacking

For further nutrition information

L’Association québécoise des allergies (AQAA)

Disordered eating behaviours

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Dietitians of Canada

Dairy Farmers of Canada