Farm to School Impact Continues to Grow in Canada: 11 More Ontario Schools Receive Grants

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Author: Josie Di Felice

Posted: June 25, 2018

Categories: Good Food Ideas for Kids / GoodFoodBites / News from Sustain Members / News from Sustain Ontario / Schools

Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC) and the Whole Kids Foundation (WKF) have announced that the second round of Farm to School Canada grants will see 33 schools across Canada, specifically in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland, receive grants valued at up to $10,000 each.

View the full media release on Farm to Cafeteria Canada’s website here.

Like the first round of grants delivered in 2016, the funding will allow these schools to engage their students in growing, harvesting, cooking, preserving, purchasing and serving healthy local foods, where it will be enjoyed in a salad bar meal service at the schools — bringing together important hands-on food education, quality student nutrition, and support for our local food and farmers.

A big congratulations to the 11 schools in Ontario that will be raising the salad bar in their classrooms and cafeterias:

  • Bruce Peninsula Elementary, Middle and Secondary School – Lion’s Head, ON
  • Carleton Village and Wellness Academy (Elementary) – Toronto, ON
  • Elizabeth Wynwood Secondary School – Ottawa, ON
  • Forest Public School – St Thomas, ON
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School – Burlington, ON
  • Lambton-Kent Composite Secondary School – Dresden, ON
  • Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute (Secondary) – Toronto, ON
  • Monsignor Morrison Public School – St Thomas, ON
  • Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School – Ottawa, ON
  • St John de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School – Hamilton, ON
  • St Luke Catholic Elementary School – Oakville, ON

As demonstrated by the first round of Farm-to-School Canada grant recipients, the incredible impact of Farm to School is already becoming clear. Some of this great impact is shared in the recently-released report from F2CC, WKF, and the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARCBC), Raising the Bar: A look at the early impact of the Farm to School Canada Grant program – we encourage you to check it out! A more comprehensive analysis is also underway.

All of the schools receiving these grants will be supported through the national initiative, Farm to School Canada Digs In!, which has received over $3.5 million in investments from numerous agencies, including the Government of Canada.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support the program Farm to School: Canada Digs In!, which encourages young Canadians to eat healthier food by teaching them where it comes from and helping them to grow it themselves,” said the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health. “Bringing healthy, local food into schools and providing our youth with inspiration to make informed food choices will help children develop healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime.”

Sustain Ontario and the Ontario Edible Education Network are ecstatic to see this continued support and growth for Farm to School in Canada, and we’re eager and excited to continue supporting F2CC in delivering these grants to the schools in Ontario.

Stay tuned for more to come about this growing movement!