The Good Food Machine is a social change program that teaches kids how to grow and cook healthy food in school.

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.

We work collaboratively with our partners to extend the Good Food Machine across Canada and internationally.

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.

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Teacher Comments

MSGR Fraser

Sofika Haxhi

MSGR Fraser

The Good Food Machine Program has been an amazing project for our students! They have learned about the importance of locally grown food, and how vegetables and fruits are grown and the cost efficiency of growing your own food.
Dennis Ave School Toronto

Rosemary Tomlinson-Morris

Dennis Ave School Toronto

“Students were able to identify that stems are long and rectangular and leaves are round”
Roots to Harvest


Roots to Harvest

“Students are actively involved in the planning, care and maintenance of the tower and it has become a continuing source of interest as students see the progress of each crop.”

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