Food security program for children will continue until January 17

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CANADA, January 5 – The Department of Social Development and Housing will continue to provide food delivery to Island families facing food security challenges due to school closures across the province .

The Food Safety Program will provide pre-cooked and reheatable meals to children who would otherwise have benefited from PEI’s healthy school feeding program.

“We have seen such a positive response to the PEI Healthy School Food Program, operated by PEI School Food Inc., and we know that many Islanders rely on this program. It is a stressful time for parents, children, educators and everyone else. Everyone has the right to inclusive food and we want to ensure that families continue to have physical, social and economic access to basic needs, including sufficient and nutritious food.

– Minister of Social Development and Housing, Brad Trivers

Registrations for the program opened on December 30, 2021 and the Department has received to date more than 400 applications from households requesting support. The first delivery is scheduled for Wednesday, January 5 in the afternoon.

Families already registered in the program do not have to re-register for subsequent meal deliveries. Families who have not yet registered can still do so; your information will be added to the next available delivery. The Food Security Program will deliver meals on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 5 January 2022
  • Friday, January 7, 2022
  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022
  • Friday, January 14, 2022

Each delivery includes three meals per registered child. The final delivery date will be Friday January 14, 2022.

The program works on a self-referral basis. Any family facing food security concerns are eligible to receive meals for children able to consume solid foods. Meals will be delivered between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to the address indicated and someone must be at the address to accept them. Meals will not be left unattended for food safety reasons.

Media contact:

Rebecca Gass Senior Communications Officer Ministry of Social Development and Housing [email protected]

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