The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region and Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger celebrated World Food Day on Monday morning.
RQHR and REACH were at St. Francis School giving carrots to students for what is called the Big Crunch, a program involving 13 schools and 5000 students in Regina Catholic, Regina Public, and Prairie Valley School Divisions.
Irene Russon, education supervisor for REACH, says the big crunch is a very educational opportunity for the students.
“It’s an opportunity to crunch in unison, and learn about local foods, where foods come from, learn about the food system and what’s available in this community,” Russon says. “Hopefully (they) develop healthy eating habits which they can use every day in their lives. ”
Russon says it is important students learn about where their food comes from.
“To know that they can grow these things locally, and be resilient and have a sustainable food supply, because we’re all interested in food security.”
This is the 5th year the big crunch has taken place.