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BC Fruit and Vegetable Program

The BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program (BCSFVNP) grew from an idea formed in 2004. Similar programs in the USA and the UK were having great success providing students with fresh local fruit and vegetable programs in their schools. Why not try a similar program in BC?
 
The BC Ministries of Agriculture, Education and Health selected the BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC) to implement a pilot program here in BC. As a non-profit organization dedicated to working to bring BC’s agriculture to students, we were a natural choice. Already working closely with schools, producers, suppliers and distributors, we knew all about BC grown produce and were proud supporters of BC farmers.
 
The Program has grown from an initial launch of 10 schools in 2005 to 1,453 BC K-12 public schools and K-12 BC First Nations Schools in the 2014/2015 school year. With the help of our 951 volunteers and incredible partners we now provide fresh fruit and vegetable snacks every other week, 13 times in the school year, to over 489,000 students.
 
Many of those students are now making fruits and vegetables a part of their regular diet – both at school and at home. They are learning that eating fresh, local products supports our local farmers and the economies of rural regions. They are also learning first hand about the health benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, while finding out how great they taste
 
Please see the delivery dates of the various fruits and vegetables on the school monthly calendar.
 
More information about the program can be found at   http://www.sfvnp.ca/