Too many kids in Canada don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables and aren't given the opportunity to learn about and explore healthy food in a hands-on way.
Using seeds, tower gardens, mobile kitchens, bike blenders, and lesson plans, the Good Food Machine teaches young people how to grow, harvest, and cook healthy food through school and community programs. We focus on schools that need the most help based on external challenges affecting student success. Our goal is to educate and inspire young people to adopt healthier eating habits that will stay with them for life.
After just two years the Good Food Machine program is run in over 200 schools and community centers across Ontario, Nunavut, northern Quebec, British Columbia, New Brunswick and northern Manitoba. It is helping over 20,000 young people learn about healthy food and change their eating habits for the better.
The Good Food Machine was created by and is financially supported by LoyaltyOne, and animated by FoodShare Toronto. Funding support also came from the Greenbelt Fund, innovative investments that are changing the way we get more local food onto the plates of the people of Ontario.
Dennis Ave School Toronto
Roots to Harvest
Students at Toronto school learn to grow vegetables in classroom
The Good Food Machine program, launched September 2016, currently teaches students in over 20 Ontario and Nunavut schools how to grow and cook vegetables in their classrooms.
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