Jun
12
2019

Applications being accepted for food education funding

Grants are available to fund projects through a program that connects Islanders to nutritious local food.

The Community Food Security Program helps community groups, schools, early child-care centres and other organizations provide information about where local food comes from and how it is produced. Islanders can apply for grants of up to $10,000 at Community Food Security and Agriculture Awareness Program by June 21, 2019.  

“Community food education is important and this program is aimed at promoting good nutrition, healthy food choices, and making growing and preparing food more fun,” Agriculture and Land Minister Bloyce Thompson said. “Government is pleased to support projects that encourage Islanders to enjoy local food and connects farmers to communities.”

Philip Pierlot, IB Diploma Program Coordinator for Charlottetown Rural High School has had great success with the program. 

“At Charlottetown Rural we began looking at how we could bring issues of food security, quality and sustainability together with our wellness goals at the school.” said Pierlot, “Together with students, staff and several people in the agricultural and food sector who are providing advice and guidance, we continue to collaborate to  achieve those goals.” “With the help of a grant last year we were able to upgrade the greenhouse at the school for year-round organic vegetable production and also established 15 raised beds for an outdoor garden,” Pierlot said.

The program has invested $222,000 in 33 projects across the province to promote food education since it began in 2017. More than 3,500 people participated in the projects.

Media contact:
Jessica Bruce
Department of Agriculture and Land
902-620-3084
jessicabruce@gov.pe.ca
 

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