The NFVP is a unique school-based program in Ontario that supplies 2 servings of fresh produce each week to elementary students, with an emphasis on Ontario-grown produce.
From January to June, participating schools receive weekly deliveries of fruit and vegetables from the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association
. The program increases awareness and consumption of fruit and vegetables among elementary school students in northern Ontario. It also provides schools with educational materials to help increase awareness amongst school-aged children and their families about the importance of vegetables and fruit, and regular physical activity, for good health and the prevention of chronic diseases.
The NFVP provides the produce thanks to a partnership between the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association, school boards and the Northwestern Health Unit.