Four Ontario public institutions, representing more than $10 million in food purchasing power, are collaborating on a shared vision to get more local food into their facilities. A 10% increase in spending on local food by the cohort would represent a $1 million dollar investment in Ontario's food system.
Public Purse Procurement (3P) Mentorship Program will support a cohort of selected facilities for the the year until February 2015:
- Health Sciences North, Sudbury
- Queen's University, Kingston
- Humber College, Toronto
- Sunnyside Seniors' Services, Region of Waterloo
The cohort will be supported to:
- Explore strategic ways to engage their suppliers and bring more Ontario fruits, vegetables, and protein to the table for their staff, students, patients, and residents.
- Use the power of the dollar to increase purchases of local, sustainable foods that help to build a more resilient local food system.
- Improve strategies to track, source, and purchase sustainable, local food.
- Critically consider where food is coming from and what alternatives are available to maximize the positive impacts of their spending.
- Effectively communicate their successes and lessons within their facilities, communities, and across Ontario.
- Share and collaborate to help build a critical mass of local, sustainable purchasers in the public sector.
- Recognize and celebrate their victories!
My Sustainable Canada (MSC) continues a longtime partnership with MEALsource (a not-for-profit healthcare group purchasing organization) in the delivery of this program. The program is funded by the Greenbelt Fund, who named MSC and MEALsource Local Food Champions in 2012.
Read more about the 3P Mentorship Program in the most recent press release.
Hayley Lapalme, Program Designer
My Sustainable Canada
Wendy Smith, Materiel Management Analyst