Dorothea Walker Elementary school participates in The BC School Fruit & Vegetable
Nutritional Program. This program is an incredibly successful program that delivers healthy
fruit and vegetable snacks to over 442,000 children in schools across the province.
About the 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
The Program has grown from an initial
launch of 10 schools in 2005 to 1,376 BC K-12 public schools and K-12 BC First
Nations Schools in the 2012/2013 school year. With the help of our 4,000
volunteers and incredible partners we now provide fresh fruit and vegetable
snacks every other week, 13 times in the school year, to over 442,000 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. How do we get the
product to schools? Find out more...
What are the Objectives
of the Program?
• to increase the consumption of
local fruits and vegetables
• to increase the awareness of the health
benefits of fruits and vegetables
• to increase the awareness of fruits and
vegetables grown in BC
• to increase the awareness of the safe
handling practices of fresh fruits and vegetables
Who funds the Program?
The BCSFVNP is a
collaborative program from the provincial government’s Healthy Families BC with
funding from the BC Ministry of Health. It is
administered through the BC Agriculture in the
Classroom Foundation, a non-profit
organization dedicated to “Working to bring BC’s agriculture to our
students.” The Foundation is working with local growers and distributors to bring the fresh BC products to
For more information, go to the website by clicking hereDorothea Walker's Fruit & Veggie Delivery Schedule:
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