Programs & Services
The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association offers services to its members, as well as administers programs in partnership with government and not for profit organizations.
OutreachFresh from the Farm – http://Freshfromfarm.ca
Through the Fresh from the Farm school fundraising pilot program, elementary and secondary students raise funds by selling bundles of fresh Ontario root vegetables, which include potatoes, carrots, onions and beets, and gift-boxes of fresh Ontario apples. The innovative school fundraising campaign serves to promote healthy eating to families while supporting Ontario farmers through the sale of Ontario produce.Northern School Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program
The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association manages the procurement and logistics of the Northern Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program (NFVP). Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the NFVP was initially launched in 2006 in the Algoma and Porcupine districts. Due to its successful adoption by schools and high student engagement the NFVP was expanded in 2014 and again in 2017 to now service all of northern Ontario.
It presently serves over 76,000 students in 415 provincial and First Nation schools. This includes both road access and remote fly-in communities from North Bay-Parry Sound in the south to Fort Severn along the Hudson Bay coast in the north and all areas west to Kenora.
The NFVP provides over 3 million servings of fresh fruit and vegetables over 20 weeks from January through June with over 60% of the product being grown in Ontario. The program helps to encourage trial of a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables while being supported with nutrition and physical education information provided by each regions public health unit.
The OFVGA handles menu planning, procurement and distribution of the produce. For more information, contact Dan Tukendorf at OFVGA.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – http://www.royalfair.org/
The OFVGA rents booth spaces at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair every year and subsequently makes that booth space available to its member organizations should they wish to have a presence at the event for one or more days.
More information is available by contacting Dan Tukendorf at the OFVGA.The Grower – http://www.thegrower.org
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