Ontario supports healthy fundraiser that connects students with farmers- Great Success in Vaughan-Woodbridge Schools MPP Tibollo

Published on November 25, 2019

Woodbridge-Michael Tibollo MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge is proud to recognize elementary schools, St. Michael the Archangel, St. John Bosco, Immaculate Conception, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy success in this year’s Fresh from the Farm fundraising program. The annual program provides a unique and healthy fundraiser opportunity that benefits local schools, supports our farmers and promotes healthy eating to Ontario families.

Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, and Stephen Lecce, Ontario Minister of Education, made the announcement recently that saw over $800,000 being raised for schools across the province.

“Fresh from the Farm provides an innovative opportunity for Ontario students to learn about the good, nutritious food our hardworking farmers grow while also supporting their local schools’ extra-curricular programming,” said Hardeman. “We also appreciate the coordination effort of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association and each school that participates in this great program.”

Fresh from the Farm is a collaborative initiative between the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association and the Ontario government. This year, 471 schools took part and have generated over $862,355 for extracurricular activities by selling 713,612 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. Schools keep 40 per cent of the funds raised which are used to support extra-curricular initiatives like schoolyard improvement projects and fun, educational class trips.

“I am delighted that our local schools have been able to raise over $3000.00 for their needs,” said Michael Tibollo MPP Vaughan-Woodbridge. “By supporting healthy eating they also make a difference to our farmers with $7500 worth of produce sales and that ensures opportunities for everyone to benefit from.”

“I join Minister Hardeman in encouraging healthy eating and lifestyles for our students, while promoting the interests of Ontario farmers,” said Minister Lecce. “I thank the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association for teaching children with pride about the good things grown in Ontario.”

“The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association is pleased to be working with government to deliver the seventh year of the Fresh from the Farm school fundraising program. Once again, the program has been a success with over 710,000 pounds of Ontario-grown apples and root vegetables sold and nearly $350,000 raised for schools. The OFVGA looks forward to continuing this partnership with government in 2020 to support school fundraising, access to local food and Ontario farmers.” Bill George Jr., Chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association.

Since 2013, almost 2,200 schools have participated in Fresh from the Farm. Collectively, the schools have distributed over 4.3 million pounds of fresh, local fruit and vegetables to Ontario families, generating a total of almost $5 million in local food sales across the province.

Learn More:
• School enrollment opens each May and offers two fundraising bundles: a 14-pound vegetable bundle of fresh Ontario carrots, onions, potatoes, and sweet potatoes, and an eight-pound apple bundle.
• To learn how your school can participate next year, please visit Fresh from the Farm.
• The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association supports Ontario farmers. To learn more, please visit their website.
• For more than 40 years, Foodland Ontario has connected with families on how to recognize, prepare and enjoy locally grown foods.