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Rainbow Schools participate in Eat Local Day on October 16th

Rainbow Schools will participate in Eat Local Day on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 as Rainbow District School Board continues to focus on education for sustainable development.

Secondary school cafeterias, which are operated by Chartwells, will feature a special menu of cream of carrot soup, and a fresh nacho bar, complete with local tomatoes, onions, herbs and a homemade pico de gallo made with fresh local ingredients.

“At Chartwells, we believe in the importance of students eating local foods as often as possible,” says Mary Webb, District Manager for Chartwells. “Our monthly menus include local eating days, with products purchased from Harvest King, our local supplier. All recipes are made on site.”

She adds: “The special menu for Eat Local Day was created in an effort to foster healthy, delicious food choices among students, connecting them with the food they eat.”

“Food miles are a common term for the measurement of how far food travels before it reaches our plate,” says Principal David Wiwchar, a member of the Rainbow District School Board’s Environmental Education Committee. “Any reductions in those distances reduces our carbon footprint or the amount of fossil fuel consumed to sustain our lifestyle.”

He adds: “We ask all schools to invite students to consider the Eat Local Day menu in secondary school cafeterias and encourage students to pack local food in their lunches, whether its berry jam from summer picking, items from the garden or fishing trips, or something local from the grocery store. Everything we eat that is close to home has taken less fuel to ship and supports our community farmers and gardeners.”

There are many ways to reduce food miles, including purchasing foods that are grown or produced locally, shopping at the local Farmers’ Market, growing your own food, supporting local grocers, butchers and fishmongers, walking or taking local transportation when shopping, and purchasing fair-trade foods with as little packaging as possible.

Eat Local Day is part of a series of monthly environmental education initiatives in Rainbow Schools.

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Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171, ext. 7217.