The Green Apple School Program is back!

Metro is again donating $1 million in grants to encourage healthy eating habits in young people

Montréal, Sept. 10, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Metro Inc. is launching the third edition of its Green Apple School Program. Again this year, Metro is inviting elementary and high schools in Quebec to create a project that promotes healthy eating habits and that will have a positive impact on young people's homes, schools or communities. One thousand schools will receive a grant of $1,000 to carry out their project, and one school that distinguishes itself will win a grant of $15,000.

"We are very proud to give schools the chance to enter the Metro Green Apple School Program again this year. Thousands of young people will be able to discover new foods, have fun cooking, and build a vegetable garden: in short, to have fun while they learn about healthy eating," stated Marie-Claude Bacon, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs Department, Metro. "Metro wants to show that eating well is easy, fun and delicious by encouraging young people to adopt healthy eating habits as early as possible, habits that they will keep throughout their lives."

Register online starting September 10
All elementary and high schools in Quebec are invited to create a project that promotes healthy eating habits in young people. Teachers can simply visit croquesante.metro.ca starting today to register their project online and get the chance to carry it out thanks to one of the 1,000 grants worth $1,000. The registration period will be open until March 27, 2015, but note that the grants are handed out on a first-come, first-served basis!

Bite Into the Best Green Apple Project Contest
As in previous editions, anyone who follows Metro's Facebook page can vote for the best project from among five finalists selected for their originality, sustainability and impact on students. As a new addition this year, Metro will give the winning school a $15,000 grant to carry out a special project.

About the Metro Green Apple School Program
Launched in September 2012, the new Green Apple School Program is an update to the program of the same name created in 2009. The winner of a 2013 DUX award, the Green Apple School Program encourages students to develop healthy eating habits by participating in a project that will have a positive impact on their homes, schools or communities. Since 2012, Metro and its merchants have been investing a million dollars a year by awarding 1,000 grants of $1,000 each to elementary schools and high schools in Quebec. The Metro Green Apple School Program is part of Metro's corporate responsibility initiatives built around Metro's health approach and its community investment program.

For more information: greenapple.metro.ca

About Metro Inc.
With annual sales of over $11 billion, METRO INC. (TSX: MRU), founded in 1947, is the only major Canadian food distribution company to have its head office in Quebec. Along with its affiliates and franchisees, METRO INC. employs in Quebec and Ontario over 65,000 people, whose mission is to satisfy their customers every day and earn their-long term loyalty. METRO INC. operates a network of almost 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 drugstores under the Brunet, The Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.

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SOURCE: METRO INC.

For further information: For an interview about the Metro Green Apple School Program, please contact: Vanessa Boucher, vanessa.boucher@citoyenoptimum.com | 514-282-4782; Katia Robillard, katia.robillard@citoyenoptimum.com, 514-282-4627


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