Nutrition pilot program pedals local produce to kids

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By Molly Hayes

When the kids at St. Patrick’s Elementary School breakfast program bite into an apple, they know exactly how many “food miles” it travelled.

A new harvest pilot program, 3Acres, is delivering fresh, locally sourced foods — by bike — to a handful of school nutrition programs across Hamilton.

The program is run by Tastebuds, Hamilton’s Student Nutrition Collaborative.

From Ancaster apples to Copetown carrots (and, as a treat, sweet potato cookies baked fresh in Simcoe), the 3Acres program is making sure its clients know exactly where and how far away their food is grown.

For example, Carluke Farm (apples) and ManoRun Farms (carrots) are both 17 km away.

Grace Evans, 3Acres co-ordinator, makes sure to include that information with each delivery. It’s not only education for the students, it also teaches the co-ordinators where their dollars are going.

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Article and image source:  The Hamilton Spectator

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