With the immediacy of a pandemic it can be easy to shift our attention away from the on-going climate crisis, but now more than where we need to do what we can to reduce single-use items.

The pandemic has made this challenging in many ways, including in our food system. From temporarily banning BYOB (bring your own bags) at grocery stores for public health safety reasons to the increase of take-out and delivery containers necessary to help to keep many restaurants afloat while closed for dine-in service. Increased plastic and other single-use packaging items have detrimental effects on our environment.

At Farm to Cafeteria Canada, our vision is for vibrant, sustainable food systems that support the health of people, place, and planet. That means, wherever possible reducing single-use items and packaging waste when cooking and sharing food so that our lands and waters that feed us stay healthy and happy.

Plastic Free July is an initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation and is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July?

Check out their website for more information, resources, and to take the Plastic Free July challenge!

Download the Plastic Free Action picker!

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# **Looking for some inspiration while applying for your F2S Canada Grant?****There's PLENTY of inspiring stories on our grant page! Each of our grant schools has taken the farm to school approach and made it their own. **Riverview Middle School in NB was awarded a grant in 2018 and as a result of their Seed to Sub program, students: * Know how to grow and prepare their own food * Are eating better * Talk to their parents about healthy food * Are selling their produce to the school’s food service provider, raising funds for their school while learning valuable financial skills * Have reduced the school’s carbon footprint * Enjoy engaging with their towers – this is especially impactful among students with behaviour challenges and special needs**Start applying today and bring more local, healthy and sustainable food into your school!**Whole Kids Foundation #farm2school #schoolfood #localfood #handsonfoodliteracywww.farmtocafeteriacanada.ca/our-work/farm-to-school-canada/farm-to-school-grants/ ... See MoreSee Less
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