Virtual Apple Drive
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.
Sign up for the Virtual Apple Drive, and help us take a bite out of student hunger!
Each year, the cost of fresh fruit and vegetables continues to rise 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.
- One in every four 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 810 school-based nutrition programs that provide almost 213,000 nutritious meals every school day. The need continues to grow and our children need help.
Schools Helping Schools
If you would like to host your own Virtual Apple Drive, please sign up below. With your students, create a poster (or virtual poster) of an apple tree. 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.