From the Field to the Kitchen: 100 Mile Market Grows Network to Increase amount of Ontario Food

- Greenbelt Fund Announces Grants -

KITCHENER, ON, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Local food distributor 100 Mile Market is working hard to get more of the great things that grow in Ontario from the field to the kitchens of public institutions.  Now, with funding from the Ontario government, 100 Mile Market will be able to expand their reach and provide more Ontario food to daycares, schools, universities and colleges, and hospital and long-term care facilities. Growing the amount of Ontario food in our broader public sector institutions will also benefit farmers, the economy and our environment.

"Ontario's rich farmland from Kitchener - Waterloo and beyond, is ripe with fresh food to supply our broader public sector institutions. Growing the supply of Ontario food in public institutions demonstrates our government's commitment to our agri-food industry. I want to congratulate 100 Mile Market and others working to supply the good things that grow in Ontario."
- MPP Leeanna Pendergast, Kitchener- Conestoga

The funding for 100 mile market and other grantees is being administered by the new Greenbelt Fund via its program, the Broader Public Sector Investment Fund: Promoting Ontario Food.

"Getting local food from the field to students and patients, is a key part of the food supply chain. 100 Mile Market has a proven track record of building smart models that get fresh Ontario food from point a to point b. This grant will help further their reach and demonstrate how a collaborative approach can grow the distribution of Ontario food to public institutions."
- Burkhard Mausberg, President, Greenbelt Fund

With a roster of over 160 farmers who grow and raise a variety of Ontario food, 100 Mile Market distributes products year round to a variety of broader public sector institutions, chefs, caterers, retailers, restaurants and hotels. By expanding their reach, 100 Mile Market will be able to take more fresh Ontario produce from farm to institution and build a stronger middle-man network between farmers, buyers and operators.  In addition, this expanded network will create an opportunity for 100 Mile Market to work with major distributors like Gordon Food Service, providing them access to smaller producers.

"We have a strong network of farmers that we work with to ensure we are supplying the freshest Ontario food to individuals, restaurants and public institutions. This grant will help us to strengthen and grow the existing distribution network through partnerships and collaboration."
- Paul Knechtel, 100 Mile Market

About the Greenbelt Fund:

The Greenbelt Fund is helping to increase the amount of Ontario food served in daycares, schools, universities and colleges, hospitals and long-term care facilities through its program, the Broader Public Sector Investment Fund: Promoting Ontario Food.

With funding from the Ontario government, this program provides grants to local food industry leaders, producers, distributors, food service providers and public institutions working to serve more Ontario food. Helping to overcome challenges, support economic growth and the sustainability of agriculture in Ontario, the Fund will aim to create systemic change to permanently increase the amount of local food in the province's public institutions.  For more information about the program and grants, please visit www.ontariofresh.ca.

SOURCE Greenbelt Fund

For further information:

For more information or to book an interview, please contact:

Julienne Spence            
Communications Manager           
Greenbelt Fund             
Office: 416-960-0001, ext. 311           
Mobile: 416-795-8892                   
jspence@greenbeltfund.ca   
Burkhard Mausberg
President
Greenbelt Fund
Office: 416-960-0001, ext. 300
bmausberg@greenbeltfund.ca

Sarah Petrevan
Senior Advisor, Communications
Office of the Minister
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Office: 416-326-3861
sarah.petrevan@ontario.ca




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