OROMOCTO (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has launched a local and healthy food initiative in three anglophone schools.

Under the pilot project, the three schools team up with champion schools where successful programs are already in place.

“Education is the key for economic prosperity,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “Investing in healthy local food will help our youth receive the best education possible here in New Brunswick.”

Gallant visited Gesner Street Elementary School today, one of the participating schools. It is partnered with Barkers Point Elementary school.

“At Gesner Elementary, we believe that healthy food promotes healthy minds,” said Principal Heather Cripps. “The goal of our project is to provide opportunities for each of our students to learn the importance of healthy food choices for wellness as they grow at school and into adulthood.”

The other participating schools are Seaside Park Elementary and Salisbury Elementary. Their respective champions are Harbour View High School and J.M.A. Armstrong High School/Salisbury Middle School.

School projects could include creating a community garden and working with community run cafeterias to help provide more local foods within their lunch programs.

The government’s 10-year education plans aim to improve educational outcomes and better prepare young people for the future. They set objectives in priority areas to create lifelong learners, support educational leaders and bring stability to the system.