Support for 5 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.
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. ”
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:
Farm to School Quebec is based on three main principles:
20 schools supported
6 administrative regions
6 108 students reached
Sustainable food procurement in schools can have significant benefits for our society:
Sustainable food procurement approaches are also beneficial for participating schools:
Support for 5 schools.
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.
“ Our entire community has rallied around this collective project, it was magical and very inspiring! We installed three vegetable gardens in planters--one at the CPE, one at the elementary school and one near our history museum, the Maison Nationale des Patriotes. We also set up a garden filled exclusively with heritage plants, fruits and vegetables so that children and visitors would have an idea of what our ancestors' vegetable gardens were like. It was truly a great community success ”
“ I really think it's a win-win partnership. It's a great link to build with the community, it allows us to make ourselves known, it allows us to expand our marketing channels. It also helps the local school ”
“ I love that the salad bar has so many choices and that it is healthy. If one day we don't feel like using this or that vegetable, we can ask for something else. I like that we have a variety of choices ”