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Local Foods Grow Healthy, Happy, Successful Students

2 little girls opening a present
June 4, 2014

Peterborough County-City Health Unit – Thanks to an innovative new partnership, students from 42 area schools received JustFood Boxes in April and May, helping students enjoy more fresh and local vegetables and fruit, while also supporting local farmers.

Bursting with home grown flavour and colour, locally-sourced apples, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and beets were included in the JustFood Boxes as part of a pilot project coordinated by Food for Kids, the YWCA, and the Greenbelt Initiative.

With April’s box featuring 550 lbs of beets from Orono and tasty, kid-friendly recipes, the boxes are a great way to expose kids to a variety of new, healthy choices. “Schools were creative in using the beets,” said Student Nutrition Program School Community Co-Ordinator, Chris McCarthy.  “The pink hummus, pink smoothies and pink pancakes were quite a hit with the kids!”

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