BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program

BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program

Connecting Students to Agriculture

As all funding for school food programs is now held in school districts through Feeding Futures, the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program will be transitioning to a district-funded model in the 2024/25 school year. 

The School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program has received some provincial funding to support this transition and to maintain product distribution through to December 31, 2024. To continue receiving BC grown fruits, vegetables, dairy and nutritious products throughout the entire school year, schools and/or districts can use their Feeding Futures funding to purchase the products available through this program, delivered directly to each school at no extra charge. 

Over the past year, we have expanded and evolved our program. There is an opportunity for schools to participate every week and receive multiple varieties with each order. Products are BC grown and support your Feed BC goals to use more BC products in your school food programs. 

Click here to find out more, including products and costs. 
Click here to complete and submit your signed contract for the coming school year. This must be completed by June 7th to lock in pricing for the duration of the school year and to plan your distribution schedule to best suit your needs. 

Please reply by email to with a signed contract before June 7,2024 or call the BCAITC team at 1-866-517-6225.

Once we have confirmed the number of schools and districts that will continue to participate in the School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program on June 14, 2024, we will follow-up with further information regarding the delivery of the program in 2024/25.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Education and Child Care.

Sign Us Up!

As all funding for school food programs is now held in School Districts through Feeding Futures, the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program will be transitioning to a district-led and funded model in the 2024/25 school year. 

The BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program supports schools to achieve their Feeding Futures goals by sourcing local food at bulk prices from BC farmers and providing regular deliveries of BC fruit, vegetables, dairy and proteins through our distribution network to all corners of the province. Through this past year, we have undertaken the work to begin to modify our program, including the kind of products available and expansion of the number of weeks of the program to 24 weeks, with multiple products available in each of these weeks. 

That means we can get BC food at 30% lower cost and can make your school dollars go further. 

But we need your help as it takes planning to secure these prices and maintain the delivery system!

We will continue to work closely with you and how to ensure the program is meeting the needs of your school. 

What does this mean for you?  We need to know before June 7th if you are committed to working with us and BC Farmers to continue receiving fresh BC products. 

Why is this commitment needed in June? 

  • We order all products at the beginning of the summer to secure the volume required for schools at bulk prices. 
  • We need to know if a sufficient number of schools/districts are committed to buying fresh fruits, vegetables and nutritional products to ensure we have the necessary demand to allow minimum buy requirements for bulk purchases and continue our service. 
  • We need this commitment by June to proceed with contracts for Farmers, and delivery partners for the school year. 

In order for students/schools to continue receiving fresh BC products delivered direct to school, we are asking schools and/or school districts to commit to one of the options by June 7th, 2024.

School signs a school contract to participate in one of the following before June 7, 2024 (or a district contract for a number of schools)

A) 12-week program (every second week) for    _ number of students. The estimated number of students can fluctuate by 10%over the school year.

B) 24-week program (weekly) for     _ number of students. The estimated number of students can fluctuate by 10% over the school year.

Delivery Calendar 2024/25

As part of the contract, for either A) or B), you will be committing to a $1500.00 deposit which is payable on commencement of the program on September 3, 2024. This will become a credit which is applied to the first invoice. Invoices will be issued to the school every two months beginning in October 2024.

The products will be offered at $0.85 per serving, including delivery to the school. 

Cost calculation: number of students x 12 (or 24) weeks x $.85 per serving = cost

The servings will be a blended mix of seasonal products noted below, delivered directly to the school.

Potential products: Baby Carrots, Blueberries, Mandarin Oranges, Mini Cucumbers, Strawberries, Marble Cheddar Cheese Sticks, Coronation Grapes, Mozza Cheese Sticks, Pears (Bartlett, Bosc, Anjou, Organic) Apples (Ambrosia, Gala, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Organic, Pink Lady, Royal Gala, Spartan) Tomatoes (Grape, Cherry, Mini San Marzano, Cabernet, Yellow Cherry) Snap Peas, Mini Peppers.

Additional products available to order (for all grades) can be: Milk single serve, Yogurt single serve, Cheese Sticks (Marble and Mozza), Single Hard Cooked Eggs.

Please reply by email to with a signed school contract  before June 7, 2024 or call the BCAITC team at 1-866-517-6225.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Education and Child Care.

A Crop of Resources!

We provide a number of resources specific to the BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program (BCSFVNP) so that teachers can use the classroom produce deliveries as an opportunity to link to the curriculum and teach about healthy eating, BC agriculture, and farm-food connections.

Student/Parent Brochure

Every participating student will receive a program brochure to take home. It provides parents/guardians and students with information about the fresh fruit and vegetable program, along with a list of resources and websites for information on healthy eating.

Information and Activity Sheets

There are several levels of information and activity sheets available as teachers’ materials. The "Fresh Story — Primary" sheets are designed to assist primary teachers in leading their students on discussions about the colour, shape, texture, flavour, smell, and taste of the delivered fruit or vegetable. Presented in a fun and engaging manner for classroom use, each "Fresh Story" contains interesting facts and trivia on each of the fruits and vegetables, including information on how they are grown and harvested, their history, and a related agricultural topic.

For older and middle grade students, “Fresh Story — Intermediate” furthers the discussion by introducing teachers and their students to the growers and suppliers of their classroom delivery. Each “Fresh Story — Intermediate” profiles a BC grower and their product and engages students in exercises and activities related to agriculture, while also incorporating Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies curriculum. At the Secondary level, "Grow BC " is an interactive map that showcases the location of where each commodity is grown. Take a comprehensive look at the wide variety of agriculture in BC!

Primary Fresh Stories (Click on Each Image to Download Resource)

2020 Fresh Story - Apples - Primary


2020 Fresh Story - Apricots - Primary


2020 Fresh Story - Blueberries - Primary


2020 Fresh Story - Carrots - Primary


2020 Fresh Story - Cucumbers - Primary

2020 Fresh Story - Kiwifruit- Primary


2020 Fresh Story - Mandarin Oranges - Primary


2020 Fresh Story - Milk - Primary


2020 Fresh Story - Necatarines - Primary


2020 Fresh Story - Peaches - Primary

2020 Fresh Story - Pears - Primary


2020 Fresh Story - Peppers - Primary


2020 Fresh Story - Plums - Primary


2020 Fresh Story - Strawberries - Primary


2020 Fresh Story - Tomatoes - Primary

Intermediate Fresh Stories (Click on Each Image to Download Resource)

2020 Fresh Story - Apples - Intermediate


2020 Fresh Story - Apricots - Intermediate


2020 Fresh Story - Blueberries - Intermediate


2020 Fresh Story - Carrots - Intermediate


2020 Fresh Story - Cucumbers - Intermediate

2020 Fresh Story - Kiwifruit- Intermediate


2020 Fresh Story - Mandarin Oranges - Intermediate


2020 Fresh Story - Milk - Intermediate


2020 Fresh Story - Necatarines - Intermediate


2020 Fresh Story - Peaches - Intermediate

2020 Fresh Story - Pears - Intermediate


2020 Fresh Story - Peppers - Intermediate


2020 Fresh Story - Plums - Intermediate


2020 Fresh Story - Strawberries - Intermediate


2020 Fresh Story - Tomatoes - Intermedaite



Our posters are also great for displaying and making connections to agriculture in your classroom:

It All Starts Here 

What Does It Take to Produce Food 

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Education and Child Care.

Partners Make It Possible — Thank You!

The BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program (BCSFVNP) would not be the success it is today without the continued support of our partners in the agricultural industry. With their efforts and teamwork, we are reaching over half a million BC students who enjoy the taste of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy and egg products. Together, we will keep spreading the word to teachers and their students about BC agriculture and the benefits of healthy eating.


BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food

BC Ministry of Education and Child Care


Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd.

Bayview Market Haida Gwaii

Cayuse Flats GP Ltd.

Circle Dairy

Corilair Charters

Daystar Market

DSKD Transport

DW Winland


Fresh Mart Tumbler Ridge

H&G Contracting

Hi-Way 9 Express Ltd.

I.D. Works Delivery Services Ltd.

Inland Air

Lady Rose Marine Services

Lillooet Country Store 

Mach 1 Express Ltd.

Mayne Island Courier

Nootka Sound Service Ltd.

North Island Delivery Services

Novex Delivery Solutions

Ootsa Air

Pacific Coastal Air

Pemberton Valley Supermarket

PJY’s Services Ltd.

Red Spade Enterprises

Pender Harbour/Madeira Park IGA

Saputo Dairy Products Canada

Saturna General Store


Shearwater Marina

Shop Easy Hagensborg Mercantile

Sprinter Delivery

Tofino Co-op

Tru Value Foods Pender Island Driftwood Centre

Vi & Cor’s Food Basket

Watson Lake Foods - Super A 

Product Suppliers:


BC Hothouse

BC Tree Fruits

Cawston Cold Storage

Fresh Direct Produce Ltd.

Harker’s Organics

STAR Produce

South Alder Farms

Vanderpol’s Eggs

Village Farms

Windset Farms

Join Us!

To find out how you or your business can support this exciting program, contact BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation or check out our Partnership Opportunities.

Teachers and Parents Ask the Best Questions

1. What if there is a problem with our delivery?

If there is an issue with the condition and/or quality of the produce, please take pictures and e-mail them to
Specifically, we need pictures of:

  • The actual produce
  • The outside of the boxes in which the produce arrived
  • Any expiry dates on the boxes or on the packaging inside the boxes

Call the BCSFVNP office’s toll-free number 1.866.517.6225 as soon as possible after you’ve e-mailed the pictures and steps will be taken immediately to correct the problem.

2. What products need to be refrigerated?

For a complete list of the refrigeration needs of all our produce, refer to our Fruit and Vegetable Storage Guide on page 13.

3. Are all the fruits and vegetables provided in the Program grown in BC?

All fruits and vegetables in the Program are grown in BC except for mandarin oranges. There may be occasions when growing conditions affect our BC crops and we will need to utilize other sources, such as Canadian produce and in some instances imported products. But we do our best to ensure top quality BC produce whenever possible.

4. Is the produce organic?

Some of the produce we provide in the Program is organically grown. Many of the products we use are not certified organic, but are grown utilizing organic practices.

5. Is conventionally grown (non-organic) produce safe?

Absolutely. BC boasts some of the safest growing practices in the world. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency regularly checks produce for pesticide residues and our produce is considered some of the safest in the world. All of the fruits and vegetables used in the Program are HACCP certified. This means that the growers follow all the best growing practices, and packing and safety techniques.

6. What do we do with leftover produce?

One reason you may have leftover produce is that, for food safety reasons, we do not break case lots of produce. Each school has the ability to utilize leftover produce however they see fit. Some schools use leftover produce for sports teams, in the school Culinary Arts or Home Economics class, provide it to a school meal program, while others package it up and send it home with children they feel are in need. This is a school-based decision.

7. Do we have to prepare the produce before serving it (i.e., washing it, cutting it up)?

The fruits and vegetables provided in the BCSVNP have been on a journey since their harvest at the grower so it is always a good idea to wash them prior to consumption. This can be easily achieved in most cases right in the packaging. Tree fruits have all been water bathed, but it’s a good idea to rinse prior to consumption. This is a good opportunity to emphasize with students one of the BCSFVNP objectives of safe food handling, no different than washing your hands. The fruits and vegetables that we provide are easily consumed without slicing or dicing. Enjoy them whole!

8. What is the best time to serve the produce?

Those fruits and vegetables listed under “What products need to be refrigerated?” must not be left un-refrigerated for more than 2 hours. Other produce can be left out and served in class at the teachers' convenience.

9. What are the safety requirements for storing and handling produce?

The safety requirements for receiving, storing and handling the produce are outlined on pages 3-7 in the In-School Coordinator’s guide. Your school is required to have a FOODSAFE Level 1 certified handler. All hand washing and safety procedures as outlined in the FOODSAFE guide must be followed. All produce should be checked for freshness before being delivered to the classroom. Any quality issues should be recorded in the Monthly Log located on the School Login and reported to the BCSFVNP office. See question “What if there’s a problem with my delivery?”).

10. Does the In-School Coordinator have to have FOODSAFE certification?

Not necessarily. As long as there is at least one person in the school with FOODSAFE certification who is inspecting the produce before distribution, then the In-School Coordinator does not need to have this training.

11. Why is the produce sometimes under-ripe?

This is not uncommon. In order for you to have the highest quality produce, we order from our suppliers up to 6 weeks in advance of your delivery date. Since we don’t wantit to be over-ripe when it gets to you (thus inedible), we err on the side of caution so the produce may be a little under-ripe. Under-ripe produce also endures the trip from the supplier to the schools much easier than over-ripe produce. Please wait until your produce is ripe before you distribute it to the students. If your produce is a little underripe, placing it out on the counter next to some bananas (which give off a natural ethylene gas) will help it ripen quicker.

12. How should I distribute bulk items, such as blueberries?

Upon enrollment, each school on the Program is issued a one-time stipend to help with costs for distribution implements such as bowls, spoons, paper cupcake holders, etc. One method that we’ve heard used by schools was to use paper cupcake holders for each student’s serving. They are recyclable and inexpensive.

13. What is the $250 cheque that my school received upon enrollment in BCSFVNP?

A $250 one-time stipend cheque was provided upon enrollment in BCSFVNP, to be used to support the Program in your school. This grant is to be used to cover costs that may be incurred to administer the Program. Some schools use the funds to purchase cups, toothpicks, and other materials that assist them in the distribution of products to the students according to FOODSAFE requirements. As long as it is used in a manner that supports the implementation of the Program in your school, usage of the funds is at the school’s discretion.

There will not be replacement cheques sent for lost or stale-dated stipend cheques.

14. Does my FOODSAFE Level 1 Certificate expire?

Up until Jun 29, 2013, none of the FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates had an expiry date. It was a one-time training. As of June 29, 2013 all new FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued in BC have a five-year expiry date. FOODSAFE Level 1 certifications without an expiry date expired on July 29, 2018. To obtain a new certificate holders can take an inexpensive and short three-hour refresher course. For accurate information on this topic, please contact the FOODSAFE Authority in your area through


15. Why is FOODSAFE certification so important?

The main reason to take FOODSAFE training is to protect the public from foodborne illnesses. It is our responsibility to ensure that the fruits and vegetables are safe to eat before they leave our supplier. It is the school’s responsibility to guarantee that they have a FOODSAFE Level 1 certified person inspecting all produce before it is distributed to the students.

16. Will our school receive a delivery on a non-instructional day?

Days where your school does not have a representative to sign for a delivery and therefore cannot accept product, should be registered as a “no-deliver” day on the School Login. These days may include Pro-D days, holidays, spring break, etc. Once submitted, these changes will move seamlessly into our database. Please remember — we require a minimum of 3 weeks’ notice in order to reinstate or cancel a delivery. If you know of someone at your school who will be available to accept the delivery on a day when students are not in session, we do not need to be advised of that date and cancellation is not necessary.

17. If we cancel a delivery date, does the product come on a different day?

If a delivery date is cancelled, the product is not rescheduled for another day. The school will forfeit that delivery.

18. What is an acceptable amount of spoiled or damaged produce in a delivery?

Fruit and vegetable crops are susceptible to many outside influences such as weather, temperature, and handling. Any variation in these influences can affect how quickly or slowly they ripen. Anything less than 5% of spoiled produce in your delivery is within a somewhat normal range. If more than 5% of your delivery is spoiled, please refer to “What if there is a problem with our delivery?” for instructions on what to do.

19. Is wax added to the whole apples?

Unless the apples are organic a wax coating is added to whole apples. When apples are still on the tree they have a natural protective coating that slows dehydration and seals in moisture, but after they are picked the natural coating is removed. They are waxed to keep them fresh and looking fine.

The wax that is used is vegetable based, completely edible, safe, and approved by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. It is used very sparsely — a single gallon of wax will coat five tons of apples!

It’s not just apples that are waxed. Citrus fruits, rutabagas, cucumbers, many tomatoes, melons, and peppers also go through this same waxing process.

20. How do we know how much to distribute to the students?

A recommended portion is: 1 medium-sized fruit or vegetable, or 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) of raw, fruits or vegetables. Refer to the Suggested Portions document for distribution recommendations.

21. What if we have a student who is allergic to a product?

Program coordinators have access to the list of scheduled products on the Delivery Schedule located on the School Login. Specific allergies can be registered on the School Login and that delivery will be automatically cancelled.

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