A record number of schools and daycares are participating in this year’s Farm to School Healthy Choice Fundraiser in Manitoba, Canada.
Participating schools and daycares sell bags of Peak of the Market vegetables in $10 and $20 bags, Ron Kostyshyn, food and rural initiatives minister for healthy living, seniors and consumer affairs in Manitoba, said in a news release. Half of the proceeds will remain with the school or daycare and the remainder will be returned to the suppliers, who are growers in Manitoba, according to the release.
In the first month of the program, 220,000 pounds of vegetables have been sold, raising more than $100,000 for participating schools and daycares, according to the release.
“This program is an excellent opportunity that benefits Manitoba children, their daycares and schools, and the vegetable growers in our province,” Kostyshyn said in the release. “Through this program, selling locally produced vegetables puts healthy, Manitoba food on family tables, raises funds for the participating schools and supports our farmers.”
The program partners, including Winnipeg-based Peak of the Market, supply the vegetables at cost and delivers them for free to schools and daycares.
The Farm to School fundraiser has exceeded expectations, growing from 66 schools during the first year of the program to 298 schools and 96 daycares, Larry McIntosh, president and chief executive officer of Peak of the Market, said in the release.
“The program has been an outstanding success, promoting good nutrition and the fight against childhood obesity, providing schools and daycares with a popular and healthy fundraising option, and supporting our Manitoba farmers,” he said in the release.