In School Implementation
To administer the NFVP in participating schools, annual Implementation funds are provided to participating schools. These funds can be used to cover:
- The cost of supplies and small food equipment
- Food literacy and physical activity resources that support your school food environment
- Used as part of larger food literacy projects such as Cooking Clubs, Garden Beds and Grow Towers, a compost program (indoor vermi-culture or outdoor)
- Activities focused on Indigenous Food Sovereignty and programming that supports Indigenous food knowledge and traditions in your school (Fall Harvests, food related events on National Indigenous Peoples Day, etc.)
- Local field trips visiting a farm, farmers’ market or community garden site
Menu for 2022-2023 Program Year
Service Size Tip Sheet
Product Handling and Food Waste Tip Sheet
- Download the NFVP Product Handling Food Waste Tip Sheet (PDF)
Additional Tips to Enhance Program Delivery
- Avoid serving poor quality produce which may result in a negative experience and affect a child’s willingness to try that item in the future.
- Include food literacy whenever possible, especially during the service of fresh vegetables and fruit, and even on days when the program is not offered.
- Children are more likely to eat two halves or four quarter pieces than one whole piece. If time and facilities allow, consider slicing whole items for an enticing snack.
- Children are more likely to eat a disliked vegetable or fruit when they see one of their friends or family members eating it. Be a positive role model!
- It may take two, three or even 10 tries before a child gets used to the taste of a new item. Don’t give up if the child does not like it immediately.
- Children are more likely to try something when they have been involved in preparation. Consider involving students in program delivery to pique interest and excitement and create engaging learning opportunities.
The goal of the NFVP is to positively influence children and build a strong foundation to live a healthy lifestyle, alongside weekly fresh fruit and vegetable deliveries, this is achieved through healthy eating and physical activity promotion.
The resources below can be used both in the school environment and at home, helping our communities build healthy habits!
- The NFVP Activity Calendar includes vegetable and fruit fact sheets, recipes, and a calendar that provides corresponding educational activities with each week’s fruits and vegetables deliveries. Schools are encouraged to send a copy of this resource home to parents.
- The NFVP Activity Calendar Guide includes details on each educational activity recommended in the NFVP Activity Calendar. Also includes a sample/template for NFVP school newsletter.
In School and At Home
- The Walk Broc and Roll is a 4 week physical activity challenge created to support youth, in JK to Grade 8, develop positive relationships with food and physical activity. This challenge also includes take-home food literacy activities for students and their families. This challenge will be piloted in a handful of NFVP participating schools from November to December 2022. Stay tuned for more information!
- This interactive online game board of fruits and veggies by Foodland Ontario (Kids Corner) is great to learn fun facts, recipes and brain teasers!
- Want to be more active with your child at home? Check out Active for Life’s website, a printable “recipe” for an active day with a tracking sheet and a resource for parents on physical literacy is a great way to start!
For Further Information
If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Pullia, Program Lead, at (807) 625-5962 or Toll-Free at 1-888-294-6630 or email NFVP@tbdhu.com.