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Supporting Schools While Bringing Local Food Home

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Supporting Schools While Bringing Local Food Home

The Ministries of Education and Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, in partnership with Dietitians of Canada and the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, support the Fresh from Farm school fundraising initiative.

Fresh from the Farm provides schools the opportunity to raise funds by selling Ontario fruit and vegetables to the community, while supporting Ontario's economy.

Each school keeps 40 per cent of the produce sales for their fundraising efforts, 50 per cent of sales are returned to Ontario's farmers, and 10 per cent is retained by Fresh from the Farm to ensure program sustainability.

This year, 494 schools, representing all 72 school boards, participated across the province.

In 2017, Fresh from the Farm has offered two bundles of Ontario produce:

  • Bundle A (3lbs carrots, 3lbs onions, 5lbs potatoes, 3lbs sweet potatoes) with a $13 selling price.
  • Bundle B (8 kg box of apples) with a $15 selling price.

Year-over-year, the scope and impact of Fresh from the Farm has increased:

Year

School Boards

Schools

Sales ($)

Volume (lbs)

1 (2013-2014)

10

70

$128,480

114,768 lbs

2 (2014-2015)

19

82

$172,130

164,675 lbs

3 (2015-2016)

29

142

$428,440

464,694 lbs

4 (2016-2017)

52

371

$950,619

894,612 lbs

5 (2017-2018)

72

494

$1,237,805

1,079,958 lbs

Totals

-

1,159

$2,917,474

2,718,707 lbs

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