(Toronto, Ontario) – The growth of Ontario food in our public institutions is inspiring. Today we celebrate those who change the food on plates in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and educational institutions. The Ontario’s Local Food Champions report recognizes five organizations from across the food value chains that exemplify leadership and provide solutions to incorporate more Ontario food on their menus.
“In just under a year we have seen outstanding growth in sales and volumes of Ontario food served in public institutions,“ said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “This report recognizes a few of the many champions working to make local food the standard at our hospitals, schools and daycares.”
This year’s Ontario’s Local Food Champions represent the dynamic changes happening across foodservice. Here are the highlights:
School Food Action Coalition: Peel District School Board, Compass Group Canada (Chartwells), Peel Public Health and EcoSource
Nutrition Group at St. Joseph’s Health System, Group Purchasing Organization and My Sustainable Canada
Gordon Food Service Ontario
University of Guelph, Hospitality Services
These five champions were among 20 nominations received to help select the 2012 Champions. An advisory committee reviewed the nominations and assisted in the selection process. The nominations represent the impressive amount of work and dedication going into bringing more local Ontario food into public institutions. To read the stories of other nominees visit www.Ontariofresh.ca.
“The McGuinty government is committed to working with farmers, food processors and distributors to bring more Ontario food to our tables at home, in the school cafeteria, and in other public institutions,” says Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Supporting Ontario food contributes to healthy meals and a healthy economy.”
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is over 1.8 million acres of green space, farmland, vibrant communities, forests, wetlands, and watersheds – all permanently protected by world-leading legislation. In return, the Greenbelt gives back much to Ontario, providing $5.4 billion to Ontario’s economy through farming and food production, and $2.6 billion in ecosystem services annually.
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is working to help farmers in the Greenbelt be more successful; to protect and enhance natural features; and to strengthen local economies.
With a commitment to building awareness and demand for Ontario food, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and its sister organization the Greenbelt Fund have received $6 million in funding from the Ontario government to help promote the good things that grow in Ontario and report on Ontario’s Local Food Champions.
The additional projects include:
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