Aug
30
2017

Applications being accepted for food-education funding

Funding is available for groups that help educate children about local foods.

Government is fulfilling its budget commitment to provide funding to community groups that increase Islanders' awareness of fresh, healthy local foods.

The Community Food Security and Food Education Program will help community groups, schools, early child-care centres, and other organizations teach Island children about where local food comes from and how it is produced. The program was announced in the province’s balanced 2017-18 operating budget with a commitment of $100,000. To apply (deadline is October 16), visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/foodsecurity.

“Since we are fortunate to live on Canada’s Food Island - which produces an abundance of high quality, nutritious food - we want to reduce the barriers that may prevent some Islanders from accessing it,” Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Alan McIsaac said. “By supporting food education projects, we are working with community groups and the agriculture industry to connect more Islanders with the many healthy food options available to them.”

The program will look to connect consumers and producers, and it will help increase the amount of local food on the menus of schools and licensed early childhood centres.

“The farming community welcomes this program, as it is of the utmost importance that children learn about where their food comes from,” said Robert Godfrey, executive director of the PEI Federation of Agriculture. “This initiative aligns with the federation’s goal of raising awareness and trust in Prince Edward Island’s farming community.”

Three schools will participate in a pilot project this coming school year. This initiative looks to promote good nutrition and healthy food choices in schools and enhance the pride and joy of growing, preparing, and eating local food. The pilot project is a joint effort with the departments of Agriculture and Fisheries, Health and Wellness, and Education, Early Learning and Culture as well as the Public Schools Branch, the French Language School Board, and home and school associations.

"It is critical that children understand the value of fresh healthy food and know where their food comes from," Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie said. "We welcome this opportunity to work with our learning partners and local food producers to reach children on this important topic in the school setting."

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