- 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
"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 |
Office: 416-960-0001, ext. 311
Office: 416-960-0001, ext. 300
Senior Advisor, Communications
Office of the Minister
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs