Mayor Hazel McCallion and Mississauga middle school students to harvest healthy "local food" snacks from the Greenbelt

    TORONTO, March 1 /CNW/ - Situation: Children and families in Greater
Toronto urban communities such as Mississauga are missing a strong sense that
local farms are a big source of healthy food. They are separated from nearby
Greenbelt farms, not only by miles of highways and roads but also by a lack of
awareness of how food grows. Most have no opportunity for hands-on experience
at local farms.
    News: The launch of a new pilot project, led by EcoSource and funded by a
grant from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, will feature Mayor Hazel
McCallion introducing Thomas Street Middle School's grade six to eight
students to "local foods" through the enjoyment of fresh Greenbelt produce at
snack time. The project will also enable students to visit local farms and
participate in spring planting and fall harvesting. Schools throughout Peel
Region are being invited to join this growing program.
    The pilot project's aim is to take advantage of growing student and
family interest in local nutritious foods, and build a compelling business
case to convince the two Peel school boards to create a district-wide program
to purchase their school children's healthy snacks from local Greenbelt

    WHAT:   A press conference and photo opportunity with Mayor McCallion and
            students to launch the pilot for EcoSource's Greenbelt Farm to
            School program.

    WHERE:  Thomas Street Middle School - Mississauga
            2640 Thomas Street, Mississauga (at Erin Mills Parkway)

    WHEN:   Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.

    WHO:    Mayor Hazel McCallion, City of Mississauga
            Grade 6, 7 and 8 Students, Thomas Street Middle School
            Lea Ann Mallett, Executive Director, EcoSource
            Burkhard Mausberg, President, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

    EcoSource has been delivering successful environmental education programs
in Mississauga and throughout Peel since they were founded by Mayor Hazel
McCallion in 1979. Their Elementary School Workshops and Green School programs
provide environmental education to over 20,000 community youth per year.

For further information:

For further information: please visit, and contact:
Diana Crosbie, Crosbie Communications, tel.: (416) 360-6625, email:; Donald Wiedman, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation,
tel.: (416) 960-0001, cell: (416) 559-3934, email:

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