2019 marks the 13th year of the Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program! The program has grown to provide 2 servings of vegetables and/or fruit per week to a total of 57 schools and 10,000 students from JK to Grade 8 from Timmins to Peawanuck and every school in between. Beyond healthy snacks, the program encourages healthy lifestyle education and awareness in schools to complement the education curriculum. The resources provided for use both at home and in school assist our communities in building healthy habits.
On this webpage you will find information and resources to help integrate the NFVP into your school: information on food handler training for the food preparers, classroom resources for teachers, and even newsletters for parents to help with healthy eating and nutrition education in the home. Capturing the program’s success wouldn’t be complete without mission moments submitted by students, teachers and parents. Check out the FAQs or contact the program lead if you have any questions.
Every school in the Porcupine Health Unit catchment that has students from JK to Grade 8 takes part in the program. This includes schools in:
No, each school board/education authority receives funding that is allocated to each school. All costs for supplies for the program should be covered.
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No. With parental/guardian consent, students from Grade 5-8 complete a short, 15-minute survey at school in the spring. The survey measures the change in children’s attitude and behaviour, and their vegetable and fruit knowledge.
The Porcupine Health Unit works in collaboration with the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) to bring NFVP to your school.
The evaluation component that takes place in the spring is done in partnership with the University of Windsor.
List of fruits and vegetables being distributed through the NFVP from January to June 2019.
Food safety training information, newsletters, and classroom resources for the NFVP.