A voice for healthier kids
Our vision is healthy tuckshops, healthy schools, healthy children. We work hard to inspire and enable school communities, helping children make healthy food and drink choices for life.
QAST is an independent voice for school tuckshops, and we are committed to sharing what we do ‘behind the scenes’ to help build capacity and confidence in Queensland school tuckshops.
Healthy Food in Queensland Schools Alliance
Through the Healthy Food in Queensland Schools Alliance (the Alliance) QAST has connected with Cancer Council Queensland, the Heart Foundation, Nutrition Australia Queensland, P&C’s Qld, Catholic School Parents Queensland and the Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network.
We know that healthy eating helps children and young people stay alert, concentrate, and learn better in the classroom. Healthy foods and drinks served in tuckshops play an important part in this.
The Smart Choices – Healthy food and drink supply Strategy for Queensland Schools (Smart Choices) is a whole of school healthy food supply policy which is mandatory in Queensland state schools, and strongly encouraged in non-state schools. Smart Choices in all schools ensures more healthy food and drinks are offered to Queensland children regardless of where they live and which school they attend.
The Healthy Food in Queensland Schools Alliance wants to see a more comprehensive and joint effort to help schools implement Smart Choices. This includes better leadership for implementation, more communication to parents about healthy food and drinks in schools, and more support for organisations like QAST to increase capacity and confidence in school tuckshops and convenors who are the champions for Smart Choices within schools.
For more information, see our full Statement of Intent.