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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 they are 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.

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 and the Public Schools Branch, French Language School Board and Home and School Associations.

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