Collaborating with a Catering Service Committed to a Healthy, Local and Sustainable Food Supply

Saint-Anselme School, Saint-Anselme, Québec
2020-2022 (Grant Year 2)

Since 2011, the cafeteria at Sainte-Anselme high school, located in the Chaudières-Appalaches region,  has been offering students local products on a daily basis.

Their partner: Les Jardins d’Edgar, a catering service entirely dedicated to healthy eating, local purchasing and sustainable farming practices. The salad bar project quickly sprouted interest in the mind of the school’s director, and is now being developed to eventually incorporate the use of a greenhouse. The students are therefore involved in all stages of the production of the food they eat.

The enthusiasm for this project is shared by everyone in the community, including the students, parents, employees and partners. Everyone is excited to contribute to the development of healthy lifestyle habits and to promote an ecologically sustainable project. For instance, seasonal food is often included in many of their dishes and the cafeteria already has a compost bin available to diners.

The Farm to the School grant has enabled the school to buy reusable glasses, which has contributed to reducing their ecological footprint. A new CAMBRO-style1 buffet will also be installed in the cafeteria, allowing diners to gather and share special moments together.

1 The Cambro buffet is a buffet that can be moved easily. It turns a table into a self-service buffet accessible from both sides. This equipment is not fixed and can simply be placed on any table.

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