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Clarenville Middle School receives Farm to School grant

Clarenville Middle School has received a grant from Farm to School Canada.
Clarenville Middle School has received a grant from Farm to School Canada. - Google Street View

CLARENVILLE, N.L. – Clarenville Middle School has been awarded funding in the second round of Farm to School Canada grants.

The program, an initiative of Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC), aims to get more locally grown food onto the minds and plates of students across the country by creating partnerships between schools and the farmers, fishers, and food producers in their area.

Two other schools in Newfoundland and Labrador – Immaculate Heart of Mary Elementary School in Corner Brook and St Teresa’s Elementary School in St John’s – also received grants, which are valued at up to $10,000 each.

The funding will be used to set up and support farm-to-school salad bars at the schools.

Food First NL is the principal partner for Newfoundland and Labrador for the national program.

“The type of food procured by public institutions can play a big role in shaping the health, economy, and food system of our province,” Sarah Ferber, the regional lead for Farm to Cafeteria Canada in Newfoundland and Labrador, said in a release.

“By partnering local schools with food producers in their community, we’re bringing healthier food into our schools, and fostering life-long healthy eating habits and ‘eat local' attitudes in our children, while strengthening local food systems and economies, by providing farmers, fishers, and food producers with more venues for sales of their goods."

In all, 33 Farm to School Canada grants were awarded to schools across the country in the program’s second round of funding.

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