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Farm to School Quebec

Supporting sustainable food in schools

Farm to School Quebec is a program that supports and encourages Quebec schools to implement sustainable food education and procurement initiatives for their students.

The challenge 

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Équiterre contributed to the co-founding of Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC) in 2011.

The food supply in schools has impacts on the food system, the local economy and the environment.

Despite the reduction in the number of food services in schools, Quebec schools must demonstrate exemplarity by offering students an overall increase in food literacy, as well as healthy, local and eco-responsible food that favours an adequate consumption of fruits and vegetables each day, and as little ready-to-eat or ultra-processed food as possible.

The implementation of structuring initiatives in sustainable food supply and education in Quebec schools kills two birds with one stone by also contributing to the development of more sustainable food systems.

 Farm to School Quebec provides opportunities for students and school communities to make informed choices when it comes to food. Its initiatives contribute not only to sustainable regional food systems, but also to an bolstering our food autonomy. 

Murielle Vrins

Program Manager, Sustainable Food

Équiterre's work 

Since 2018, Équiterre has supported 20 schools in developing and implementing their sustainable food projects, helping engage their students in growing, harvesting, preparing, processing, and serving healthy, local, and environmentally responsible food. The schools received funding through Farm to Cafeteria Canada's initiative Farm to School Canada Grants.


As the initiator of the Farm to School Quebec project, Équiterre works to:

  1. Inspire and mobilize Quebec schools to increase the presence of healthy, local and environmentally responsible food in the minds and on the plates of their students;
  2. Support primary and secondary schools in developing their food procurement and food education initiatives by providing support, training and tools.

Farm to School Quebec is based on three main principles:

  1. Access to healthy, local and environmentally responsible food for youth through locally sourced foods, primarily through salad bars in cafeterias;
  2. Hands-on learning and student involvement;
  3. Building bonds between the youth and their communities.

Our impact 

20 schools supported

6 administrative regions

6 108 students reached


Sustainable food procurement in schools can have significant benefits for our society:

  1. Health: providing students and the school community access to a wide variety of fresh, healthy food;
  2. Local economy: supporting local and regional businesses by encouraging partnerships with local farmers and artisanal processors, and therefore helping to reinforce our food systems;
  3. Environment: promoting sustainable development among students and raising awareness about a variety of environmental issues (transportation, pesticides, food waste, packaging, etc.);
  4. Education: creating awareness among students about the importance of their food choices, specifically by teaching them how the agri-food system works, from field to plate.

Sustainable food procurement approaches are also beneficial for participating schools:

  • They create pride among the school community to be providing quality food to students, and are opportunities to enhance knowledge, encourage creativity and mobilize school teams;
  • They are appreciated by students and members of the school community, fostering a greater sense of belonging to the school.

Project history


Five new Quebec schools are supported by Équiterre to introduce more local food in their establishment.

Two schools in the 2020 cohort receive the Aliments du Québec au menu recognition:

- Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption School for its salad bar and its 92 % Quebec procurement;

- The Pavillon millénaire of the Médéric-Gravel school for its 49 % Quebec procurement.


Six new Quebec schools are supported by Équiterre to implement sustainable food initiatives.


For the first time, Farm to School Canada grants are extended to Quebec schools. Nine schools are chosen to receive up to $10,000 each to implement a salad bar service stocked with local products and to provide food education activities.


Project Team


Farm to School Quebec is supported and implemented by Équiterre, in collaboration with Farm to Cafeteria Canada. The project is made possible through the financial support of the Whole Kids Foundation (WKF).