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P.E.I. community groups can apply for food-education funding

A pilot project aims to put more fresh, local food on the menus at three P.E.I. schools.
A pilot project aims to put more fresh, local food on the menus at three P.E.I. schools.

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Community groups that want to increase Islanders’ awareness of fresh, healthy local food can now apply for funding to help them do so.

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 2017-18 operating budget with a commitment of $100,000, and aims to reduce barriers that prevent some Islanders from accessing the abundance of nutritious food produced in P.E.I.

The program will look to connect consumers and producers, and will help increase the amount of local food on the menus of schools and licensed early child care 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 P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture.

“This initiative aligns with the federation’s goal of raising awareness and trust in Prince Edward Island’s farming community.”

This coming school year, three schools will participate in a pilot project to promote good nutrition and healthy food choices and focus on growing, preparing and eating local food.

Groups interested in applying for funding through the program can visit princeedwardisland.ca/foodsecurity. The deadline for applications is Oct. 16.

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