$1.5 million donated to enhance food literacy research

food literacy researchThe University of Guelph has received a $1.5-million gift to promote food literacy and help raise a healthier generation less prone to chronic disease.

The donation comes from The Helderleigh Foundation, an organization advocating food literacy among Canadian children and families.

It will support the Helderleigh Family Food Literacy Research Program within the Guelph Family Health Study (GFHS), a long-term U of G research project involving more than 300 families with preschoolers that aims to reduce disease risk, now and in the future.

Started in 2014, the GFHS helps families with young children set realistic goals for healthful diet, exercise, sleep habits, screen time and meal routines. The new gift will allow the research team to focus further on food literacy and include more families, in addition to providing scholarships.