An idea today keeps the waste away - Metro invests $1 million into the Green Apple School Program

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Metro Inc. officially launched
its Green Apple School Program, an environmental initiative designed to
encourage elementary and secondary schools to participate in conservation and
healthy living. By investing $1 million into the program, Metro will provide
grants to Ontario schools that can demonstrate how their proposals will
positively impact their school or community.
    "This initiative is part of Metro's ongoing commitment to protect and
respect the environment and we believe this program will engage students in
active environmental stewardship," said Johanne Choinière, Senior Vice
President, Metro Ontario Inc. "We are excited to see what creative projects
young Ontarians will develop - because a healthier environment means healthier
living for everyone."
    Metro will award individual grants of $1,000 to schools that meet the
program criteria and demonstrate how they plan to contribute to a healthier
environment. The grant funding will go towards supporting the implementation
of the class or group project.
    The program begins on September 10, 2009 and concludes on March 1, 2010.
All publicly funded or privately registered elementary or secondary schools in
Ontario are eligible to apply. Early entries will have the best chance of
being chosen, based on a first come, first served approach.
    Students and teachers can visit for more

    About Metro Ontario Inc.

    Metro is a Canadian company with offices and operations in both Ontario
and Quebec. Metro Ontario Inc. operates its 272 stores under two conventional
banners, Metro and A&P, and under one discount banner, Food Basics. In 2009,
all remaining A&P banners will be converted to the Metro name. The company
employs over 30,000 people in Ontario. For further information, please visit

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For further information: or interview opportunities, please contact:
Leslie Powers, Metro Ontario Inc., (416) 234-6081,;
Josie Haynes, Optimum Public Relations, (416) 934-8012,

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