Green Apple School Program
As a food distributor, Metro has always seen food as much more than just a source of nourishment.
That’s why the Green Apple School Program aims to encourage young people to develop healthy eating habits by participating in a project proposed by their school that will have a positive impact on their home, school or community.
One of its missions is to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Encourage their consumption without moderation contributes indeed to lowering the risk of illness and obesity, which have become major public health issues in Canada. With this program, Metro hopes to show young people that it’s simple, enjoyable and tasty to eat well, and encourage them to develop healthy lifestyles as soon as possible, which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Since the launch of the Green Apple School Program, the effects are many: hundreds of school gardens and healthy recipes cookbooks, thousands of culinary discoveries and workshops, and of course, hours of fun and learning!
The Green Apple School Program Generation
The goal of the first three years of the program, launched in 2009, was to encourage the development of habits that respected the environment. It enabled thousands of children from across Quebec and Ontario to become involved in their schools and to make a difference in their community with respect to the environment. During this time, more than $4.5 million was donated to elementary and high schools in Quebec and Ontario to put green projects in place. Since 2012, the Green Apple School Program enabled to give nearly $11million to the beneficiary schools and thus promote healthy eating to hundreds of thousands of young people.
For more details about METRO community initiatives, visit metro.ca/responsibility