- Greenbelt Fund Announces Third Round of Grants -
OTTAWA, Jan. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Patients at Queensway Carleton Hospital
can look forward to more fresh Ontario food on their plates. With
support from the Ontario government, more local food is reaching the
plates of hospitals and long-term care facilities. The Greenbelt Fund
is providing a grant to Queensway Carleton Hospital to enhance local
Ontario food options on their patient, cafeteria and catering menus.
Thanks to the Greenbelt Fund more Ontario food is also being served at
daycares, schools, universities and colleges. The grants announced
today will support 11 innovative projects adding to the 27 projects
This grant is helping Queensway Carleton Hospital to develop menu items
linked to seasonal availability of Ontario grown and produced food. The
hospital is also working with suppliers, such as Healthcare Food
Services, to create new menu options made with more Ontario
ingredients. These changes should increase patient satisfaction and
decrease meal waste.
The Fund is assisting small to large farm operations and food
distributors in working together to bring more local 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, growing
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.
"Queensway Carleton Hospital is redefining hospital food as fresh, local
and tasty. This investment is good for Ottawa families and good for our
- Bob Chiarelli, MPP Ottawa West-Nepean
"As a recent hospital patient I can relate to the importance of food to
the rehabilitation process. Queensway Carleton Hospital joins nine
other health care facility grantees working to bring more Ontario food
into our institutions. It's good for farmers, families, the economy and
- Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Greenbelt Fund
"This grant from the Greenbelt Fund will help to increase the amount of
local food for our patients. Providing quality, nutritious meals to our
patients and visitors is extremely important and we hope to share our
successes with other health care facilities across the province."
- Caralan Dams, Manager, Food Services Queensway Carleton Hospital
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
Office of the Hon. Bob Chiarelli, MPP Ottawa West-Nepean