The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association (OFVGA) manages the procurement and logistics of the Northern Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program (NFVP). Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, the NFVP was initially launched in 2006 in the Algoma and Porcupine districts. Due to its successful adoption by schools and high student engagement the NFVP was expanded in 2014 and again in 2017 to now service all of northern Ontario.
It presently serves over 76,000 students in over 400 provincial and First Nation schools. This includes both road access and remote fly-in communities from North Bay-Parry Sound in the south to Fort Severn along the Hudson Bay coast in the north and all areas west to Kenora.
The NFVP provides over 3 million servings of fresh fruit and vegetables over 20 weeks from January through June with over 60% of the product being grown in Ontario. The program helps to encourage trial of a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables while being supported with nutrition and physical education information provided by each regions public health unit.
The OFVGA handles menu planning, procurement and distribution of the produce. For more information, contact Dan Tukendorf at OFVGA.