An apple a day … goes a long way!

The City of Kitchener has partnered with Martin’s Family Fruit Farm to re-introduce a popular after school snack program that provides fresh apples to participating community centers as a healthy, accessible snack choice for children and youth in the community.

Martin’s Family Fruit Farm generously provides apples to participating community centres each week. The apple program launched in early January and will run until the end of June, coinciding with the school year as it supports the need for healthy and free after school snacks for children and youth.

Prior to the pandemic, staff learned that many young people came to community centres hungry, and at times, were not making healthy snack choices on their own. The apple program was briefly introduced but then was paused during the pandemic. It has officially re-launched now that schools are back to a regular schedule.

The apple program has proven to be popular and supports a need within neighbourhoods across the city. It is also a great opportunity for community centre staff to connect and engage with the kids who come into their centres.

The program is well-aligned with the values of the community centres as inclusive, diverse, safe, social, accessible and connected spaces.

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For more information, contact:

Bethany Rowland

Director, Corporate Communications and Marketing

Bethany.Rowland@kitchener.ca