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Tuesday, 04 October 2016 19:40

Good for the student—and the farmer

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Mariah (left), Paige and Sabrina Dalzell at Prince of Wales School enjoy a healthy snack of local food.

 

            As part of Local Food Month in September, volunteers delivered the first of more than 500 food boxes filled with local foods to nearly 50 schools in Peterborough city and county to support Food For Kids student-nutrition programs.

            Each food box supports school breakfast programs. These first boxes included 20 lbs of

apples, five lbs of carrots, two heads of celery, and a 2.5 lb brick of cheese—all sourced through local growers, producers and distributors.

            “Connecting schools with our local food producers not only nourishes students so they learn better, but it teaches them where our food comes from and how important farming is to our community,” said Lauren Kennedy, a nutritionist with Peterborough Public Health.

            Last year, 588 school food boxes helped feed over 2.5 million healthy breakfasts and snacks to 17,364 students. More than 1,000 volunteers gave an average of 1,100 hours a week to deliver 20,470 lbs of Ontario grown and produced food to local student nutrition programs.

            Community donations to the Food for Kids school food box program included contributions from the United Way, Kawartha Credit Union, the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.

            To volunteer or donate, visit FoodforKidsPtbo.ca or call 705-743-1000, ext. 233.

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