Universal School Lunch Program

At the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Federation, members adopted a resolution calling for the establishment of a universal free school lunch program. Since that time the Federation has been working toward the implementation of this project; this has included, to date:

 

Student Logo Design Contest for the PEI School Food Project

PEI School Food Project

Student Logo design Contest

The PEI School Food Project vision is fresh, delicious, and healthy school food, made with ingredients grown or produced in PEI. We want students to be more involved with menu development and meal prep, and school chefs to make delicious meals from scratch.
 

School Food Student Think Tanks

 
Morgan Palmer is working with the Public Schools Branch to develop and pilot a provincial school food strategy. As part of this project three School Food Think Tanks were held across P.E.I. this fall.
 
Students have great ideas to improve food in Island schools - such as lowering the price of healthy meals, increasing the price of processed snacks, and providing homemade meals with good quality ingredients. They also think the students could be involved in meal planning and preparation. 
 
The following video links contain content on this School Food Environment Initiative. Nine schools are prepared to pilot a new school food program for PEI.
 

PEI Home and School Federation Guiding Principles for School Food

The PEI Home and School Federation is the umbrella organization of local “home and school” and “parent council” organizations in 55 schools across Prince Edward Island. We bring together parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff to promote the total well-being of children and the highest standards of education for each child in the province.

The Prince Edward Island provincial school food strategy will be a model for how all stakeholders in education can be brought together to promote their shared values for the benefit and wellbeing of all Island children. 

The strategy will be developed and nurtured through a collaboration of students, parents and guardians, government departments, primary industries, cooks and chefs. The following principles will guide the implementation of the strategy.

1.    We will create school environments that make healthy choices easiest for students. 

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.

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