- Greenbelt Fund Continues Local Food Grant Program-
TORONTO, June 22, 2012 /CNW/ - In just over a year the Greenbelt Fund
has made 38 grants to various public institutions, farmers and
foodservice distributors to bring more Ontario food into kitchens and
cafeterias across the province. These grants have also helped to
increase Ontario food sale purchases by $9 million. With new support
from the Ontario government, the Fund will continue to support change
in our hospitals, municipal long-term care facilities, school boards
and universities and colleges.
The Ontario government is helping the Greenbelt Fund continue their
grant program and increase local food procurement in public
institutions. The Fund will support the further development of
Ontariofresh.ca, a website dedicated to making connections in the
business of local food, and issue a "buy local challenge" to encourage
more public institutions to incorporate more sustainable and Ontario
food purchasing practices.
"The Greenbelt Fund has been instrumental in making significant changes
to food purchasing practices in public institutions across the
province. With the continued support from the Ontario government, we
will be able to ensure more of the great food grown and produced here
reaches more students, residents and patients."
- Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Greenbelt Fund
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:
or to book an interview, please contact:
Communications Manager, Greenbelt Fund
Office: 416-960-0001, ext. 311