Launch of Healthy vgetable fundraiser


It’s harvest time and the Farm to School Manitoba Healthy Choice Fundraiser (Farm2SchoolMB) is delivering orders of   fruits and Vegetables from Manitoba Farms to  licensed child care facilities and schools grades K-12 throughout the province.

Sponsored by the Province of Manitoba, Manitoba Association of Home Economists (MAHE), Peak of the Market and Buy Manitoba, Farm2SchoolMB gives schools and daycares the opportunity to fundraise by selling bundles of locally grown potatoes, carrots, onions, parsnips and cabbage in $10 or $20 bundles, with schools and daycares retaining 50 per cent of total sales.

Farm2SchoolMB is growing at an increasing rate, starting in 2010 with 66 school enrolled to last year having 432 schools and daycares that ordered 60,168 bundles from across Manitoba. This year, Farm2SchoolMB’s goal is to deliver 65,000 bundles of vegetables to families and communities across Manitoba.

“We’re pleased to partner with Peak of the Market and the Manitoba Association of Home Economists on this important initiative,” said Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Rondeau. “Teaching children the importance of healthy, nutritious foods will help them develop good eating habits and grow into healthy adults.”

Larry McIntosh, President & CEO, Peak of the Market said, “Peak’s 40 Manitoba Family Farms are committed to supplying locally grown veggies for this great fundraiser. We will also deliver the vegetable orders for free by truck, train or plane, regardless of where the school or daycare is located in Manitoba.”

Orders will be accepted starting September 16, 2013 for Farm2SchoolMB to all schools and daycares in Manitoba.

For more information or to enroll in the Farm to School Manitoba Healthy Choice Fundraiser, visit www.farmtoschoolmanitoba.ca.

Media inquiries may be directed to: Adriana Barros, Executive Coordinator-Farm to School P: 1-866-261-0707, E: info@farmtoschoolmanitoba.ca

Diane Wilson a Farm2SchoolMB Facebook Fan stated, “This was one of the most sensible, worthwhile fundraisers I have ever purchased. Products were so fresh, lots of value for my investment and I was truly disappointed I hadn’t purchased more at the time.”

For more details about the Farm to School Healthy Choice Fundraiser Program visit their webiste


About the author

Joanne Bays is the National Manager of Farm to Cafeteria Canada. She is a population health nutritionist and a food policy consultant with a special interest in food localism and its impact on personal, community, school, and environmental health.

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