- Greenbelt Fund Announces Third Round of Grants -
WINDSOR, ON, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Hundreds of children in southwestern
Ontario will be eating more Ontario food through their school Student
Nutrition Programs. With support from the Ontario government more local
food is reaching the plates of schools. The Greenbelt Fund is providing
a grant to the Victorian Order of Nurses in southwestern Ontario to
create a farm to school program, placing greater emphasis on buying
local food and teaching about the importance of local food to students
Thanks to the Greenbelt Fund more Ontario food is also being served at
hospitals, long-term care facilities, daycares, universities and
colleges. The grants announced today will support 11 innovative
projects adding to the 27 projects already underway.
Serving more than 480 Student Nutrition Programs across the region, this
grant is assisting schools in procuring and serving local food to
students. VON will work to develop a model to centralize purchasing and
redistribute ready-to-serve meals to the individual schools. An
integral part of this program involves other institutions such as the
University of Western Ontario to act as food hubs to minimally process
and pack food for schools to pick up.
The Fund is assisting small to large farm operations and food
distributors in working together to bring more Ontario food into the
food value chain. Results to date include significant increases to
Ontario food purchased at institutions across the province and new jobs
within the sector. Projects within health care institutions,
municipalities and food service are resulting in more Ontario food on
menus and increasing student, patient and resident satisfaction.
"This type of innovative funding helps to bridge the gap between farmers
and institutional consumers. It takes Ontario agriculture from fresh in
the field to fresh on the plate."
- Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
"Providing access to local fresh foods and teaching our youth about
their benefits is an essential and welcomed addition in Windsor and
Essex County. This innovative partnership will bring local food into
schools and help ensure a healthier southwestern Ontario."
- Teresa Piruzza, MPP for Windsor West
"As a father, I am pleased to see more Ontario food reaching our
daycares and schools. The leadership taken by the Victorian Order of
Nurses presents a model that can be replicated for other programs like
this across the province."
- Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Greenbelt Fund
"The Student Nutrition Programs feed hundreds of children in our region.
This grant will help ensure that kids are not only eating more Ontario
food, but learning about the bounty food that is produced right in our
- Stephanie Segave, Regional Manager, Ontario Student Nutrition Program
(Southwest Region), Victorian Order of Nurses
About the Greenbelt Fund:
The Greenbelt Fund is a sister organization of the Friends of the
Greenbelt Foundation. With funding from the Ontario Government, the
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.
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's goal is to help 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.bpsinvestmentfund.ca.
SOURCE Greenbelt Fund
For further information:
For more information or to book an interview, please contact:
Communications Manager, Greenbelt Fund
Office: 416-960-0001, ext. 311
Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs