More fresh, local food will be on Island school menus

Three Island schools will have more fresh, local food on their menus through a program aimed at improving food security and education.

The Food Security and Food Education Program will help Islanders access local food and teach about its nutritional value, where it comes from, and how it is produced. Led by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, the program will include a pilot project in schools to increase the amount of fresh, local food offered.  

“Although we are fortunate to live on Canada’s Food Island that offers fresh, high quality, nutritious food, not all Islanders can access it - and the province wants to help reduce these barriers,” Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Alan McIsaac said. “At the same time, we want to engage Islanders in a conversation about where their food comes from and the efforts of our hardworking farming and fishing families.”

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will work with community and school organizations, education facilities, primary industries, farmers markets and other groups on initiatives that support community food security and food education projects. The local food in schools project will be a joint effort with the Departments of Health and Wellness and Education, Early Learning and Culture as well as the Public Schools Branch, French Language School Board and Home and School Associations.

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April Gallant
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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