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Chef Tony Geraci Talking to Students about Food

The core of Chef Tony Geraci's approach to school food is an unshakable belief in the power of students.

The power of students to talk about food. To understand food. To come up with plans for better food.

The power of students to read and understand labels. To know what whole grains are. To wonder why the apples they drive by on the way to school aren't the apples they're served in the cafeteria.

In his travels to Prince Edward Island schools this week, that's the message Tony's been delivering to students: you have the power to change school food.

So far Tony's visited Kinkora Regional High School, where he talked to a group of engaged students about how they're growing food on school property, and cooking it up to serve to their peers.

Cafeteria Food Services Request for Proposals, 2013

In May of 2013 the English Language School Board (now known as Public Schools Branch) issued a Request for Proposals for the Provision of Cafeteria Food Services. The RFP mentions the cafeteria food services for

  • Athena Consolidated
  • Birchwood Intermediate
  • Bluefield High
  • Charlottetown Rural High
  • Colonel Gray High
  • East Wiltshire Intermediate
  • Hernewood Intermediate
  • Kensignton Intermediate/Sr High
  • Kinkora High School
  • M. E. Callaghan Intermediate
  • Montague Regional High
  • Queen Charlotte Intermediate
  • Souris Regional High
  • Stonepark Intermediate
  • Summerside Intermediate
  • Westisle Composite High

but also mentions that the contract could by “for all schools or any number of individual schools.”

Chef Tony Geraci visits Epekwitk Gardens and Preserves

On the afternoon of October 23, 2016, Chef Tony Geraci was honoured to be invited to tour Epekwitk Gardens and Preserves on the Abegweit First Nation.

Chef Geraci is on Prince Edward Island for a week at the invitation of the PEI Home and School Federation; he is visiting many individuals and groups involved in growing, processing, preparing and eating food, and the visit to Epekwitk Gardens provided him with an opportunity to see up close how healthy local food is being produced at scale through community initiative. In conversations with Chief Brian Francis, staff and volunteers of the project, and members of the local community, he was able to share his own experiences with community-scale agriculture, and to suggest ways in which the Epekwitk Gardens could become part of the Island-side school food system.

Premier MacLauchlan Cooks with Chef Tony Geraci

This past Sunday, October 23, Premier Wade MacLauchlan graciously hosted Chef Tony Geraci to cook with him and his partner Duncan McIntosh at The Mill in New Glasgow.

The meal they cooked – from a variety of local, healthy ingredients – was shared by a small group of home and school volunteers around a table where local, healthy school food was the topic of the day.

Chef Geraci is on Prince Edward Island this week at the invitation of the PEI Home and School Federation to shine light on our project to introduce a universal school lunch program to the Island's schools; he has done this in other jurisdictions, and is here to share his insights and experiences with Islanders.

Request for Proposals: Video and Audio Recording Services, Oct. 21 to 27, 2016

Update: This Request for Proposals has now closed. The sucessful respondent was Humingbird House Productions.

The PEI Home and School Federation, the provincial umbrella organization representing home and school associations at English language public schools in the province, invites proposals from individuals and companies for the recording of video and audio of activities and events related to the organization's project to organize a universal school lunch program for all Island students.

2016 Semi-Annual Meeting: Building Healthy Communities around the School

The 63rd Semi-Annual meeting of the PEI Home and School Federation is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Gulf Shore Consolidated School, 185 Hilltop Avenue, North Rustico, PE.  Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

Lunch is included: experience a fantastic, affordable, healthy school lunch conceived by Island chefs.

Online registration is now available.

Delegates will have an opportunity to meet:

Collaboration important consideration in federation

Collaboration is based on the assumption that the process of sharing diverse ideas in respectful discussion will result in more creative solutions and deeper understandings.

Collaboration is the opposite of competition. It is never a one-person show and to be successful, it requires members of a group to support each other and recognize the value of each individual voice.

The first five purposes and objectives of the PEI Home and School Federation are listed in our bylaws as follows:

- To provide an independent organization of citizens concerned with the establishment, encouragement and development of the highest standards in public education in Prince Edward Island;

- To provide members of the public with an understanding of the administration and the content of the various programs of the school system and to provide a meaningful voice in decisions affecting children; at each school level within the school system;

Dr. Helen MacDonald Collaboration and Facilitation Scholarship Recipients

September 2016


For Immediate Release


Dr. Helen MacDonald Collaboration and Facilitation Scholarship Recipients


The PEI Home and School Federation is pleased to announce that the following members have been awarded the Dr. Helen MacDonald Collaboration and Facilitation Scholarship: Deanna Bellamy, West Royalty Elementary School, Leanne Feehan, Mount Stewart Consolidated School, Bobbi Ford, Donagh Regional School and Shannon Johnston, Gulf Shore Consolidated School.


Fall programs focus on variety of topics: Learn about scholarships, school lunch programs, semi-annual meeting and leadership training

Each new leader of a successful organization has the benefit of standing on the shoulders of those who have come before them. This fall, we have established the Dr. Helen MacDonald Collaboration and Facilitation Scholarship in honour of the first president of the PEI Home and School Federation.

In recognition of her focus on bringing people together to “obtain the best for each child in Prince Edward Island” we are offering support to a new generation of leaders who will continue her work of bringing parents, guardians, teachers administrators and staff to the education table.

The scholarship covers the full tuition costs for candidates to obtain a Collaborative Leadership and Facilitation Certificate from the University of Prince Edward Island. For more information see

Free Screening of "Cafeteria Man" on September 19

The PEI Home and School Federation is presenting a free screening of the film Cafeteria Man on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Culinary Institute Lecture Theatre at 4 Sydney Street in Charlottetown.

Cafeteria Man asks the question “How can we reform school food programs so that they serve more nutritious and tasty meals for our kids, and are also more sustainable for our communities?”


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