The Northern Fruit & Vegetable Program (NFVP) is a brand-new-to-this-area program that has been running quite successfully in the northeast region of Ontario since 2006. Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the program provides all elementary school students in Northern Ontario fresh fruit and vegetables, twice-weekly, from January to June, at no cost to the students or the schools. The NFVP focuses on Ontario-grown produce, and includes foods such as mini cucumbers, grape tomatoes, apples, and strawberries. In addition, teaching resources are provided to the schools to educate the students and their families on the benefits of eating fruit and vegetables, and the associated benefits of healthy eating and physical activity to overall health.
The Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) is partnered with the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, four other northern Ontario district Health Units (Algoma, Porcupine, Sudbury, and Northwestern), area school boards, and other community and education authorities.
The aim of TBDHU is to service all of the road-accessible schools, and remote communities that have a Northern Store within the District of Thunder Bay in 2018, and all other fly-in community schools in 2019. The expansion of the NFVP into our District will see the program reaching just over 15,000 students, in 90 schools (including 2,100 students in 16 First Nations communities), from Kindergarten to grade 8.
For more information, please contact:
COORDINATOR, THE NORTHERN FRUIT & VEGETABLE PROGRAM
THUNDER BAY DISTRICT HEALTH UNIT
Phone: (807) 625-8322