Promoting Regional Foods in Early Childhood Education

QUEBECJune 9, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches Region and Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec Region, André Lamontagne, is proud to announce the national commitment of the Little Ambassadors accreditation in Quebec’s 15 participating regions.

In addition to promoting the purchase of local products by institutions, this project aims to familiarize young Quebecers with healthy and local food by providing meals in pre-school education and by participating in educational activities in the agri-food world.

Tables of concertation bioalimentaire du Québec are carrying out this project thanks to financial support of $669,651 granted by the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ) to the Table agroalimentaire du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, in the Biofood Market Development Program. The total cost of the project is $879,925.

The project contributes to achieving the goals of the National Quebec Food Purchasing Strategy, announced by the government in the fall of 2020, which aims to reduce the share of local, healthy and environmentally responsible food produced by public institutions in Quebec. is purchased, to increase.

Quotes

“The purchase of food from Quebec by institutions is a priority for our government. I am also very proud of the commitment of this program, which also helps to teach young Quebecers to choose a balanced and local diet. The adoption of healthy behavior and the development of a social conscience must begin early in life, and this is precisely the aim of the Little Ambassadors. I would like to underline the commitment of the Tables de concertation bioalimentaire du Québec, in particular that of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, the initiator of the project. As far as I’m concerned, the cooperation of all stakeholders is a guarantee for success. †

André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region and Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec region

“It is the good practices of the educational childcare sector involved in the process that are rewarded with the award of the Little Ambassadors accreditation. We would like to draw attention to the work of the staff of these nurseries. All this is possible thanks to the sourcing efforts of food managers and the knowledge transfer by educators. These choices and these values ​​have a real impact on our Quebec biofood industry. †

Katell Burot, President, Regroupement des concertation table bioalimentaire du Québec

Highlights

  • Educational childcare services that wish to do so can apply for an accreditation contract with their regional table, committing to include a percentage of regional and Quebec foods on their menu and to set up educational activities related to the world of nutrition.
  • The deployment of the project mobilizes more than 80 multi-sector partners in the regions, including closer collaboration with Aliments du Québec, the Association québécoise des CPE and Équiterre.
  • The Little Ambassadors accreditation concept was born in 2016 in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
  • The Biofood Market Development Program is one of the levers for the implementation of the national strategy for the procurement of food products from Quebec. It supports and accelerates collective initiatives aimed at increasing the purchase of healthy, local and environmentally responsible food in public institutions.

Related Links

National Food Procurement Strategy in Quebec

Little ambassadors – Quebec biofood consultation tables

SOURCE Cabinet of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

For more information: Source and information: Alexandra Houde, Press attaché, Cabinet of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region and Minister responsible for Centre-du-Quebec, Tel. : 418 380-2525, cell. : 418 456-1461

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