Virtual Apple Drive

Our newest initiative, the Virtual Apple Drive helps TDSB students and schools to raise money for nutrition and food related programs across Toronto. Students helping students because, well it’s simple, hunger hurts.

Your school can get involved – sign up! Not in a school? Still want to participate by turning virtual apples into real food for hungry kids in Toronto? Please donate to our Virtual Apple Drive!

Sign up for the Virtual Apple Drive, and help us take a bite out of student hunger!

Last year, the cost of fresh fruit and vegetables jumped up by a staggering 18%. This year, that number is increasing and Student Nutrition Programs that serve hungry students need your help.

Starting as early as April, some Student Nutrition Programs are cutting back from 5 days a week to 4. Others are struggling to give their students all three food groups. The Virtual Apple Drive, a fundraising initiative to support hungry students across the city, was created to help struggling nutrition programs respond to this increase.

Why nutrition programs?

It’s simple: if you’re hungry, it’s hard to focus, and if you can’t focus, you can’t learn.

The reality:

  • One in every three children in Toronto lives in poverty and 40% of all children come to school hungry each day. This can be as high as 68% in our most at-risk communities.
  • 78% of secondary school students who eat breakfast on most days are on track for graduation.
  • Students who don’t eat breakfast are twice as likely to be suspended and are more likely to miss school.

We work with many wonderful partners to support over 825 school-based nutrition programs that provide more than 195,000 nutritious meals every school day. The need continues to grow and our children need help.

Schools Helping Schools

Sign up below to take part in this initiative and we’ll send you a large poster of a tree, a roll of apple stickers, and some resources to get you started. Every time your school raises $5, stick an apple on and track your fundraising success by seeing how fruitful your school’s apple tree can be. Put the tree at the entrance of your school to get staff, students and parents talking about student hunger, local poverty and how to spread the word.

Virtual Apple Drive School Sign Up Form