Super Team

Ross Memorial Hospital decreases ecological footprint with wholesome, nutritious local food

In 2011, RMH was awarded a grant form the Broader Public Sector Investment Fund to be a pilot site for a local food project. In collaboration with Sysco Canada, the City of Kawartha Lakes, My Sustainable Canada, and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, the hospital’s nutrition team looked at its current purchasing to identify opportunities to increase the amount of Ontario food being prepared in the kitchen and served to patients.

The team began by determining the origin of more than sixty-five foods on its menu, including meats, dairy products, eggs, and produce. It was discovered that less than 20% of their food was local. This information was then used by the team to target five non-local menu items with an eye towards increasing the amount of local food it purchased.