The Farm to School Manitoba Healthy Choice Fundraiser is now open to all licensed daycares and kindergarten-to-Grade 12 schools in Manitoba.
Sponsored by the province, Manitoba Association of Home Economists and Peak of the Market, FSMHCF gives schools and daycares the opportunity to fundraise by selling bundles of locally grown potatoes, carrots, onions, parsnips and cabbage in $10 or $20 bundles, with schools and daycares retaining 50 per cent of total sales.
The program started as a pilot in 2010 with 66 schools participating. Last year, 268 schools participated from across Manitoba, and this year, FSMHCF’s goal is to register 475 schools and daycares and distribute 1.2 million pounds of vegetables to families and communities across Manitoba.
Larry McIntosh, president and CEO of Peak of the Market, said Peak’s 40 Manitoba family farms are committed to supplying locally grown veggies for the fundraiser.
“We will also deliver the vegetable orders for free by truck, train or plane, regardless of where the school or daycare is located in Manitoba.”
Kim Belshe, of Sunny Mountain Daycare, said “we are thrilled to be able to offer something different to our families, that is healthy and not your typical fundraiser.
“As a non-profit organization, we look towards our fundraising dollars to enhance our quality programs and offer our children a more enriched experience.”
Orders were being accepted as of Wednesday.
For more information or to enrol in the Farm to School Manitoba Healthy Choice Fundraiser, visit farmtoschoolmanitoba.ca.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 13, 2012