The Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) is proud to show support for the Fresh From the Farm Healthy Fundraising for Ontario Schools. This fundraising initiative provides schools the opportunity to raise funds by selling Ontario fruit and vegetables to the community, while promoting healthy eating and supporting Ontario farmers. Launched in 2013, Fresh From the Farm is entering in its sixth year and 1165 schools have raised over $1.1 million for school initiatives selling 2.7 million pounds of Ontario produce.
Fresh From the Farm is a collaborative initiative between the:
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This program is looking for Professional Home Economists (P.H.Ecs) to help promote and grow this healthy option for school fundraising. As key stakeholders, P.H.Ecs are requested to engage with their circle of influence and share information about the program. Strategies to promote the program may include, but are not limited to:
Visit Fresh From the Farm's website for more information about the fundraiser.
P.H.Ecs can contact the Project Coordinator Lisa Mardlin-Vandewalle, MHS, BASc, RD with additional questions or for further information. Her email is email@example.com.
6/5/2018 03:42:40 pm
I believe the Fresh from the Farm project is excellent for school fundraisers. Could it not be used for church or sports fundraisers as well? Daily efforts are made by parents, teachers, and scout leaders to encourage kids to make healthful food choices - yet we so often settle quietly for junk-food when a student knocks on our door! Change it up Ontario. We can make this a multi-advantage effort. Teaching kids to make wise choices, promote local food and raise funds for projects. It's win, win, win!
6/5/2018 06:19:36 pm
Hi Mary, that is an excellent idea - Fresh from the Farm would be great for external fundraisers too. It is so important for kids to make wise choices and learn how to eat well from a young age, and even better if they can raise money while doing it! Perhaps Lisa would have more information about whether or not it can be extended beyond schools. We will get in touch with her and find out! :)
Lisa Mardlin Vandewalle
6/7/2018 09:43:34 am
Thank you for your question, comments and support Mary! Fresh from the Farm has indeed received requests from organizations other than schools to participate in the fundraiser. The Fresh from the Farm partners are giving consideration to opening-up the fundraiser to other youth-oriented organizations, but the decision has been made to continue to offer the fundraiser to schools only for this year. We suggest that non-school youth-oriented organizations that are interested in participating this year consider partnering with a local school in their area as a way to participate in the fundraiser. I am tracking the number of requests I receive from organizations to gauge the potential interest and demand.
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