- 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
"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
"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
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:
Senior Advisor, Communications
Office of the Minister
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs