Ontario Food Terminal Opens its Doors - Enabling the Public to Open
TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Do you hunger to know how fresh produce makes its way to Ontario grocery stores
every day? Fresh Fest will feed your curiosity with an unforgettable Saturday on
September 22nd from 11am to 3pm when the Ontario Food Terminal (OFT) opens its doors
to the public for the first time to support FoodShare, a non-profit
organization that provides 141,000 students with healthy meals.
This is an opportunity to awaken Ontarians to their 'unknown' dependence
on the OFT while enjoying some of their stock in trade. Rivalling the
activity and excitement of the Toronto Stock Exchange, the OFT deftly
'trades' in 5.3 million lbs of produce daily and most transactions
occur before sunrise. Consider that in the wee morning hours every
Monday to Friday, while the city sleeps, hundreds of dedicated produce
workers are bustling behind the walls of that unassuming 40 acre
edifice, adjacent to the Gardiner Expressway, to provide Ontarians with
a daily bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Now, the public can meet these unsung heroes, namely, food distributors,
suppliers and local farmers and gain an education of the food chain
while also contributing to the sharing of fresh produce with children
"Fresh Fest aims to raise awareness of the health benefits of eating
fresh fruits and vegetables while also supporting FoodShare, which
helps to provide children in need with their share of fresh produce,"
said Joe DaSilva, Vice-President, Ippolito Produce Ltd. & President,
Toronto Wholesale Produce Association. "The money raised at Fresh Fest
will help support FoodShare's programs, which include providing healthy
meals to Ontario students in need."
For a nominal entrance fee - $5 per child under 10, $10 per adult, the
public will be able to sample fresh fruits and vegetables, enjoy a full
lunch, engage in fun hands-on literacy activities, cooking
demonstrations by President's Choice Chef Tom Filippou, as well as face
painting, games, music and more.
Ontario Food Terminal, 165 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Y 1H8
Saturday, September 22, 2012
11 am to 3 pm
$5 per child under 10 / $10 per adult
Available online at www.fresh-fest.ca OR at the entrance gate of the Ontario
Food Terminal on event day
FoodShare is a non-profit community food organization whose partnership
with Toronto school boards and Toronto Public Health ensures approx.
141,000 students each day enjoy healthy meals. Some of these children
might not enjoy this opportunity otherwise. Fresh fruits and vegetables
are sourced and delivered directly to schools to fulfill the needs of
breakfast and snack programs throughout the Toronto area.
They also provide food education to schools through curriculum
connections from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 to cultivate food
literacy. The Good Food Box program they operate, delivers 50,000 boxes
of fresh produce at affordable prices to 7,000 families every year.
Fresh Facts About Ontario Food Terminal:
the Ontario Food Terminal is owned and operated by the Ontario Food
it was opened in 1954 and is 40 acres in size
it is the only food terminal in Canada, and is the third largest in
the Terminal has 22 warehouse tenants, 50 office tenants, 400 Farmers'
Market tenants and over 5,000 registered wholesale buyers making use of
those buyers range from Windsor to the west, Fort Albany to the north,
Fort Erie to the south and the Ottawa to the east
fruits, vegetables and horticultural products also travel beyond
Ontario's borders as there are buyers who provide produce to Quebec,
the Atlantic provinces and the U.S. as well
over 975,000 tons of produce was brought into the terminal which on
average represents 5.3 million pounds of produce per day
when compared to other food terminals around the world it is the only
one with a wholesale Farmers' Market on 10 acres on the same site as
the traditional warehouse facilities
there is a central cold storage of over 100,000 square feet where state
of the art cooling allows for storage on site for both selling groups
the ethnic diversity of the area is well represented, as fruits and
vegetables arrive from all over the world
the increasing demand for "ethnic produce" is met by either the local
growers or by the importation of those vegetables
the Ontario Food Terminal is a unique and important part of the
infrastructure of Ontario, if not Canada
SOURCE: Ontario Produce Marketing Association
For further information:
Ontario Produce Marketing Association
416-259-7827, ext. 231