By Sarah Klein
School children in the province will have the ability to fundraise through a new joint government initiative to sell bulk vegetables.
The Farm to School Manitoba Healthy Choice Fundraiser (FSMHCF) is open to all licensed child care facilities and schools grades K-12 in Manitoba.
Sponsored by the Province of Manitoba, Manitoba Association of Home Economists (MAHE) 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 percent of total sales.
The project started as a pilot in 2010 and had 66 schools on board. Last year, 268 schools participated, with the goal this year to have 475 schools registered. The end result will be to distribute 1.2 million pounds of vegetables to families and communities across Manitoba.
Orders will be accepted starting September 12 for FSMHCF.