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Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program (NFVP)

The Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program (NFVP) is a free, school-based program that gives out two servings of fresh fruit or vegetables to every elementary school student per week. The program runs for 20 weeks from January to June and focuses on giving out Ontario-grown produce.

The NWHU is pleased to partner with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, First Nations organizations and communities, school boards and elementary schools throughout the catchment area to offer this program.

Program History

2018 is the 12th year of the NFVP running in Ontario. It was launched in 2006 in Algoma and Porcupine Health Units. In 2014, Sudbury and five First Nations Communities on the James Bay Coast started the program, and in 2018 it launched in the Northwestern Health Unit and Thunder Bay District Health Unit catchment areas. In 2017, the NFVP ran in 191 schools and served over 36,000 students!


The goals of the program are to:

  1. Increase consumption and awareness of fruits and vegetables among elementary school students in Northern Ontario
  2. Educate around the consumption of fruits and vegetables, healthy eating and regular physical activity
  3. Provide resources to children and their families around the importance of fruit and vegetable consumption and regular physical activity for good health and the prevention of chronic diseases

Learn more

For more information please contact:

Chelsea Socholotuk, RD  
Public Health Dietitian 
Northwestern Health Unit - Kenora office
(807) 468-3147 ext. 301243

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is my school part of the program?

Most provincial elementary schools and schools on First Nations reserves in the NWHU  catchment area are part of the program in 2020/21.

Question: Who do I contact if there is an issue with a delivery (i.e. poor quality)?

Contact Chelsea Socholotuk at the NWHU at 807-468-3147, ext. 301243, or by email at​.

Question: Will materials for food preparation and serving, such as cutting boards, knives, and napkins, be covered by the funding?

Yes, money for supplies will be provided.

Question: Do I need to have Safe Food Handler Training in order to run the program?

There is funding to provide safe food handler training to one person at each school, preferably the NFVP Coordinator. Before the program starts, everyone who runs the program should watch this safe food handling video.