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Expanded Thrifty Foods Young Chef Program Launches in 19 Recreation Centres in BC

March 22, 2012
Subsidized Summer Camps Promote Healthy Eating, Active Lifestyle for Preteens

VICTORIA, BC  - Thrifty Foods President Jim Dores, Acting Mayor of Esquimalt Meagan Brame, and Recreation Oak Bay Recreation Program Services Manager Janet Barclay were on hand to launch the expansion of the Thrifty Foods Young Chef program happening in 19 recreation centres across Vancouver Island and throughout the Lower Mainland this summer.

"Thrifty Foods has been proudly supporting local recreation centres for over twenty years" said Jim Dores. "Now in its fourth year, the Thrifty Foods Young Chef program has been re-designed to include new information and recipes that encourage healthy habits, inspire culinary creativity and foster positive life-long health and wellness behaviors in pre-teens."

The Thrifty Foods Young Chef program is a full or part-time, week-long summer camp that teaches kids, aged 9-12, how to read recipes as well as learn basic cooking tips, nutrition guidelines, and food safety skills. Designed by Registered Dietitians at Thrifty Foods and the Vancouver Island Health Authority, the expanded program also includes extensive leadership training for facilitators, a 12-month recipe calendar as well as preteen-specific information on nutrition as well as body, health and wellness awareness.

"Recreation centres are a natural fit for the Thrifty Foods Young Chef program," said Janet Barclay. "We offer many activities to help young people become more active, and this program with its excellent training materials and affordable cost provides essential life skills training at an important age in a fun and enjoyable way."
Each hands-on session is also designed to familiarize young chefs with interesting food choices and delicious taste experiences during the creation of simple, yet tasty, snacks. The program finishes with a store tour where participants learn how to navigate the aisles, read food labels and select fresh produce.

The Thrifty Foods Young Chef camps are available in July and August in Victoria through the following recreation centres: Esquimalt, Recreation Oak Bay, Peninsula/Panorama, Saanich, Sooke, Victoria and West Shore Recreation Centres. Mid- and North-Island, the camps are also offered at Cowichan, Campbell River, Comox Regional, Nanaimo and Nanaimo Regional District recreation centres as well as seven recreation centres on the Lower Mainland.

As part of the program, Thrifty Foods supplies all training materials, cooking ingredients and equipment, and special take-away items such as branded aprons and a recipe calendar. In order to ensure that the program is affordable to all families, Thrifty Foods subsidizes the registrant's fee at each camp. Fees range from around $25 for the week-long, half-day class to around $50 for the full-time, week-long camp. Registration begins in May and is only available through the recreation centres.

Young Chefs was first launched in 2008 as part of the Thrifty Foods Nutrition For You program. Led by trained Registered Dietitians, Nutrition For You provided health and lifestyle classes to over 3,600 seniors, adults and preteens over a four-year period.

Thrifty Foods was founded in 1977 in Victoria, BC. Today, Thrifty Foods, a banner of Sobeys Inc., has a total of 27 retail grocery stores across the Lower Mainland and throughout Vancouver Island.

About Sobeys Inc.

Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 104 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,300 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, and Thrifty Foods, as well as Lawton's Drug Stores. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 95,000 people. The company's goal is to be widely recognized as the best food retailer and workplace environment in Canada. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at


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