Safeway and Lucerne are the latest to sign on to a provincial program that provides local food to secondary culinary arts schools.
The Bite of BC program delivers local vegetables to participating high school teaching kitchens once a month throughout the school year, with the exclusion of December, March and June. Students learn to cook with local products and get to know B.C. farmers in the process.
The culinary programs at Abbotsford Senior Secondary, Rick Hansen Secondary, and Mission's Heritage Park Secondary will now be receiving frozen B.C. vegetables from Safeway and Lucerne.
This is in addition to products they are already receiving from other participating food producers, such as the Fraser Valley Strawberry Growers' Association and B.C. Dairy Foundation.
Bite in BC launched as a pilot in Sept. 2009 with 14 schools. It has now expanded to 28 schools.