Food security project grant deadline is May 25
Grants are again available to fund projects as part of a provincial government program that connects Islanders to nutritious local food.
The Community Food Security Program will help community groups, schools, early child-care centres and other organizations provide information about where local food comes from and how it is produced. The program offers grants of up to $10,000 for projects that increase access to local food products; to apply (deadline is May 25) visit Community Food Security Sub-Program.
“We produce an abundance of fresh, high quality and nutritional food products here on Canada’s Food Island and this program – thanks to our third consecutive balanced budget - will make them more accessible to Islanders,” Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Robert Henderson said. “Being the Mighty Island means our small size helps us work closely with our industry partners to support local food and those who produce it.”
The program is aimed at promoting good nutrition and healthy food choices, build community self-reliance and link farmers to consumers. During the last fiscal year, the program invested $120,000 in 17 projects across the province to promote food security and food education. More than 2,600 people participated in the projects.
“The farmers of Prince Edward Island welcome this important initiative.” said PEI Federation of Agriculture Executive Director Robert Godfrey. “Connecting Islanders to their local farming community by promoting local food products must be commended.”
The program is a joint effort with the departments of Agriculture and Fisheries, Education, Early Learning and Culture and Health and Wellness.