|Greenbelt Fund Injects Millions Into Ontario’s Food Basket|
|Monday, 22 October 2012 13:04|
TORONTO — The Greenbelt Fund, with support from the Ontario government, has announced its fourth round of grants, which are expected to infuse $14.4-million into 17 local food projects at places such as Thunder Bay public institutions and Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).
“This is great news for the City of Thunder Bay. The funding distributed by the Greenbelt Fund will help put local and regional food on the menus of our hospital, long-term care facilities, daycares, schools, universities and colleges and increase the use of local foods which is very important,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs, The City of Thunder Bay.
At SickKids, the grant will help provide Ontario-inspired food to patients. “Providing fresh, quality food is one of the key ingredients to supporting SickKids' family centred care culture, as food can nourish our patients and their families in many ways. The Greenbelt Fund grant will not only help us increase our capacity to provide fresh locally sourced food to the SickKids community, it will also allow us to support the local economy,” said Mary Jo Haddad, president and CEO, SickKids.
To date, the Greenbelt Fund has supported 38 projects, resulting in an increase of nearly $12 million in Ontario food purchases.