Students discussed how to use the limited ingredients in food hampers to make a nutritous meal.
Students at Edmonton’s Jasper Place High School hosted Alberta’s first Youth Food Summit on Oct. 28.
The day-long event enabled 100 junior and senior high students from around the province to share how their school’s food-focused programming develops food literacy skills, ensures that students are food secure or creates a conversation around the sustainability of food in their community.
The agenda also included keynote speaker Mark Brand, a restaurateur and retailer best known for resurrecting the Save On Meats enterprise in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. This program provides meals and employment while also generating funds to support those in need.
“It is so exciting to have students actively taking part in finding the solutions and advocating for healthy school food for all students in Alberta,” said Susan Roberts, chair of Alberta Food Matters, who attended the event. ❚
Carlyn Clifford (left) and Abbie Stein MacLean of The Organic Box, a food producer and distributor, speak to students about the benefits of shopping locally and eating certified organic food.
Students attending the summit got a chance to team up and make their own lunches.