This is the second phase of a pilot program that is being rolled out in Chatham-Kent through which we would provide students in 16 local schools with fruits and vegetables 4-5 days a week from February to June 2015. Fruits and vegetables will be picked up from local farmers/producers and delivered to these schools where they will be cleaned, prepared and delivered to all students in the school free of charge.
Once the pilot has been completed, an evaluation of the program will take place and the hope is to continue to expand the program to eventually include all schools in Chatham-Kent, ideally running throughout the entire school year.
What do we need from you?
As a local farmer/producer, we are asking that you consider filling in the attached request for information and return it by Friday January 16, 2015. We are looking to source the fruits and vegetables provided to the schools from local farmers/producers as a way to encourage use of local foods.
While this initial pilot will only be running for a short time, we would still like to collect information from our growers as to what fruits and vegetables they are able to provide throughout the entire year as this will help us in planning for future expansion.
Additionally, it is very important to us that this program be sustainable; support our local farmers/producers and the Chatham-Kent economy so we are asking that you also include information about cost per unit purchased. This will allow us to budget for all input costs associated with the creation of this program in Chatham-Kent. This information will be updated on an annual basis as we realize that pricing will fluctuate but this will provide us with an estimate to start from.
Once you have completed this form, please return it via email to myself, Lyndsay Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 519-352-2166. If you have any questions, please feel to contact me at the email above or by phone at 519-352-7270 ext. 2478.
Thank-you so much for considering this request.
Lyndsay Davidson, Registered Dietitian Chatham-Kent Public Health
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