School Food Environment Project Update

School Food think tanks were held recently in three school communities where nine schools are prepared to pilot a new school food program for PEI.

Hundreds of students participated in the events at East Wiltshire IntermediateKinkora Regional High, and Montague Regional High. Their suggestions will be integrated into the school food pilot project planned for fall 2019.   Minister Jordan Brown says the provincial government is pleased to support a comprehensive and sustainable program that will increase students’ food literacy and provide them with meals made from fresh, local, healthy Island products.

The champion schools include:
–        Kinkora Regional High
–        Somerset Elementary
–        Amherst Cove Consolidated
–        East Wiltshire Intermediate
–        Eliot River Elementary
–        Montague Regional High
–        Montague Intermediate
–        Montague Consolidated
–        Southern Kings Consolidated

The pilot project will explore a centralized kitchen model where food is prepared at schools with kitchen facilities and delivered to satellite schools daily. Non-profit organizations will coordinate the programs and hire chefs and cooks to prepare the food, while collaborating with existing programs, workers, and volunteers to increase food quality and program sustainability.

Students will be engaged in creating menus and producing the food. The Public Schools Branch school nutrition policy will be revised and used to evaluate the impact on school food environments.

Following the pilots, the scope of the project will be expanded to include other schools throughout the province.

School Think Tank 1

School Think Tank 2

School Think Tank 3

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