P.E.I. just launched a pay-what-you-can healthy food program for students
PEI is making sure students returning to school in the fall have the best possible lunches.
On Monday, the province's premier, Dennis King, announced a new food program that will provide kids with"5-star food" produced on the island, making for a healthy and affordable lunch that will be gluten-free, diary-free, and nut-free with vegetarian options.
Our Island produces the best food in the world. So, why wouldn’t we feed our children the 5-star food we produce?— Dennis King (@dennyking) August 31, 2020
Its common sense.
This Fall, Island families can pay-what-they-can (up to $5) and get a nutritious, healthy lunch for their children made from locally sourced food pic.twitter.com/bOC5gSq1vx
According to the program's website, families will have three payment options: paying the full amount of the lunch up to $5, paying only the amount they are able to afford, or, if they are unable to pay at all, that's okay too.
On top of this, the meals will be prepared and delivered directly to the schools at lunch time by a local food service provider, meaning there is no pickup hassle for parents. All they have to do is pre-order the meals online every other week.
While the program was only recently announced, it has already received praise from PEI residents as well as others others across the country.
"Why can't we do this in Ontario?" someone asked.
Great job @dennyking. This is a wonderful program and will improve the learning environment for many children.— Kyle Hann (@NewfPei) September 1, 2020
"It's a very solid program, one that should be replicated," another Twitter user wrote.
Reading the “pay-what-you-can” lunch program for kids in PEI has me in tears. That’s how things should be. No child deserves to be hungry because their parents can’t afford it. Bravo— Mel🌿 (@melissaacurran) August 29, 2020
Some have even pointed out how beneficial the program will be not only for students and parents, but also for local farmers.
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