Across Ontario, schools are being challenged to connect students with fresh, locally grown foods by bringing the “farm” to their cafeterias.
The Ontario Farm To School Challenge, launched by FoodShare Toronto and Sustain Ontario, with support from the Greenbelt Fund, encourages Ontario schools to increase local food in school food programs.
By participating in the Ontario Farm to School Challenge and choosing to buy Ontario products, schools will:
- Help to support Ontario farmers and producers
- Educate students of all ages about the wonderful and good things that grow in Ontario
- Spread the word that Ontario produces heaps of good, healthy food that children and youth can enjoy all year long
- Benefit the environment
- And be entered for a chance to win some exciting prizes for their school or school board
Over the course of the Challenge, which runs from November 1, 2012 to February 1, 2013, organizers will offer educational materials, and informative webinars and training to help participating schools source local food from existing suppliers, find new suppliers, and inspire fun ideas for menu planning and student involvement.
Visit the Ontario Farm to School Challenge website to learn more and to register your school.