From the Field to the Kitchen: Eat Local Sudbury Grows Network to Increase Ontario Food in Northern Institutions

- Greenbelt Fund Announces Grants-

SUDBURY, ON, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Local food co-operative Eat Local Sudbury is working hard to get more of the great things that grow in Ontario from the field to the kitchens of local public institutions. Now, with funding from the Ontario government, Eat Local Sudbury will be able to expand their distribution to provide more Ontario food to daycares, schools, universities and colleges, hospitals and long-term care facilities in the Sudbury region. Growing the amount of Ontario food in our public institutions will also benefit farmers, the economy and our environment.

"Eat Local Sudbury is a local food pioneer in the Sudbury region. Their work in identifying local farmers and producers has brought together the community and helped create a local sustainable food system. I want to congratulate Eat Local Sudbury on their work supplying the great things that grow in the Sudbury region."

Rick Bartolucci, MPP Sudbury

The funding for Eat Local Sudbury Cooperative and other grantees is being administered by the new Greenbelt Fund via its program, the Broader Public Sector Investment Fund: Promoting Ontario Food.

"Eat Local Sudbury has made great strides in supplying and distributing the food that is grown and produced within 150 mile radius of Sudbury. This grant will be beneficial in helping expand local food distribution and create a ripple effect of change throughout the food system."

Burkhard Mausberg, President, Greenbelt Fund

Founded in 2006, Eat Local Sudbury has been a key figure in supplying the community with the great food that is grown within a 150 mile radius of Sudbury.  Through the co-operative store framework, Eat Local Sudbury has established itself as a place for people to buy local food and for producers to drop off their bounty. With a successful retail operation, expansion into broader public sector institutions is the co-operative's next step. This grant will help Eat Local Sudbury build their distribution system to deliver more local food to the region's public institutions.

"We are excited to expand our business into the distribution of local food.  Our work with local public institutions like Laurentian University and Coop Boreal, has demonstrated that there is demand and excitement about local food in Sudbury schools, daycares and health care facilities."

Peter Wideman, Chair, Eat Local Sudbury

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:

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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