Transforming young lives by teaching children and youth how to grow and cook healthy food in school.

A social change school food literacy program that helps children create healthy eating habits for life

Too many kids in Canada don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables and don’t know enough about healthy food.* The Good Food Machine is an innovative school food literacy program created and run by LoyaltyOne. The program teaches kids about healthy food and creates healthy eating habits for life in schools where students face more external barriers to success.
The Good Food Machine

We are growing quickly!

After just two years the Good Food Machine program is run in over 250 schools and community centers across Ontario, Nunavut, northern Quebec, British Columbia, New Brunswick and northern Manitoba. It is helping over 25,000 young people learn about healthy food and change their eating habits for the better.


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“I never knew there were things called herbs before!”

Grade 5 Student

How it Works

LoyaltyOne donates Good Food Machine kits to schools including indoor growing towers, bike blender kits and curriculum-linked Growing and Learning Guides that help teachers run the program from JK to Grade 12.

Donation criteria:

  1. Need:              School or community centre with populations that face barriers to success
  2. Champions:   Two champion educators (plus principal support, if a school)
  3. Capability:     Evidence of capacity (eg. Eco-school, outdoor gardens)

We also sell Good Food Machine kits to those that don’t meet donation criteria!

We partner with food literacy and nutrition experts such as FoodShare Toronto, Roots to Harvest, Ecosource, Richmond Food Security Society, Student Nutrition Ontario plus Global Teacher Prize Nominee Stephen Ritz.

Kids are learning skills and eating better because of the Good Food Machine

  • Kids now know how to grow and prepare their own food
  • Kids are eating better
  • Kids now talk to their parents about healthy food
  • Students are selling their produce at school markets, raising funds for their schools and learning valuable selling skills
  • Students with autism and special needs enjoy engaging with their towers
Student Making Smoothie
Students Drinking Smoothies

Teachers love the Good Food Machine

We spoke to teachers using the Good Food Machine in their classrooms. This is what they said:

  • 50% said it improved students’ academics
  • 23% said their classroom attendance increased
  • 70% said it improved students’ communication skills
  • 78% said students took more initiative
  • 92% said it improved students’ sense of responsibility

After Just 2 Years

Good Food Machine Student Making Salad

98% of students say they now know eating fruits and veggies is important

Harvesting Good Food Machine

80% of students now know how to prepare healthy food

Good Food Machine Seedlings

70% of students now eat healthier

Angela Simo Brown and Student

80% of the students are happy growing food in the towers

Student with Good Food Machine

“We have really enjoyed having the tower gardens in the school. I am impressed with how easy it is to maintain the towers and how excited the students are to eat what we grow in the towers.”

Kimberly Rosehart

Teacher, Heydon Park Secondary School

Every Donated Good Food Machine Kit Includes:

Good Food Machine Tower Garden

One or two tower gardens on wheels plus ongoing supplies

School Lesson Plans

Curriculum-linked growing and learning guide

Bicycle Blender

A bicycle blender kit for making smoothies or pesto

Good Food Machine Induction Burner

An induction burner for safe cooking

Training and Support

Ongoing training and support

Good Food Machine Aprons

The Good Food Machine program aprons

Thank you so much for your interest in receiving a Good Food Machine. Please note, applications for the Good Food Machine are closed for 2019.

Good Food Machine In Classroom

“At LoyaltyOne, we are experts in behavior change. For the past 20 years, we have been supporting our communities with a focus on young people who need extra help. We are thrilled to see The Good Food Machine helping children and youth learn about and access healthy food, and change their eating habits for the better.”

Angela Simo Brown

Head of Social Impact Strategy & Innovation at LoyaltyOne

Watch our Tutorial Videos

Tutorial Video 1

Building your tower garden - sprouting seeds with students and community members

Tutorial Video 2

Growing and harvesting food from your tower with students and community members

Tutorial Video 3

Cooking and meal preparation using produce from your tower garden

Tutorial Video 4

Animating your Good Food Machine tower garden

The Good Food Machine in the Media:

2019 CBC Marketplace

Good Food Machine was recently featured on CBC Marketplace for our work up north in Iqaluit! Check out this video to hear what one of our amazing students has to say about her experience learning how to grow and cook healthy food in school.

Jamie Oliver Food Revolution

Jamie Oliver: The Good Food Machine

The Good Food Machine in Canada gives top notch food growing and cooking kits to teachers so kids can learn to grow, harvest, cook and eat healthy food in their classroom.

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Stephen Ritz: A Teacher Growing Green in the South Bronx

A whirlwind of energy and ideas, Stephen Ritz is a teacher in New York’s tough South Bronx, where he and his kids grow lush gardens for food, greenery — and jobs.

Good Food Machine on City News Toronto

Students at Toronto school learn to grow vegetables in classroom

The Good Food Machine program currently teaches students in over 20 Ontario and Nunavut schools how to grow and cook vegetables in their classrooms.

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*Statistics Canada 2006, Report card on Nutrition for school children April 2012, Conference Board of Canada “Improving Food Literacy in Canada 2013"