School snack program goes local
Kids are eating more local fruits and vegetables thanks to Chatham-Kent’s first Farm to School Nutrition program. The pilot project, launched on March 31, delivers locally grown fruits and vegetables to 1,700 children at eight participating schools. Click here to see the full article. Source: The Chatham Voice Journalist: Blair Andrews  Date: May 21, 2014 
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Hospital to purchase more Ontario food
Health Sciences North plans to include more Ontario products on its menus for patients and visitors. The hospital will participate in the Greenbelt Fund’s Local Food Challenge to more than double the amount of food it purchases from Ontario growers and producers for patient meals. Click here to see the full article Source: Sudbury Northern Life Kelowna...
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Opportunities for Innovation: A Student Nutrition Program Pilot Project in Windsor-Essex
In schools across Ontario, Student Nutrition Programs (SNPs) aim to provide nutritious snacks and meals to children and youth. The Ministry  of Child and Youth Services supports SNPs by providing approximately 30 million dollars in annual funding, which is administered by 14 lead agencies across the province. These agencies typically work with “Community Partnerships” to...
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Every parent knows it’s tough to get kids to eat their fruits and veggies, but what if fresh, nutritious snacks were provided at school? The Chatham-Kent Student Nutrition Program launched the area’s first Farm to School nutrition pilot program on March 31. Click here to see the full article Source: Chatham Daily News Journalist: Dan Taekema Date: May...
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Have you ever skipped breakfast or lunch during your work day and found yourself unable to concentrate? Or maybe you’ve made a bad food choice and find yourself jittery with caffeine or sugar? Perhaps you’re sluggish in the afternoon after eating a nutrient-deficient lunch or unable to resist the boardroom table proffering pastries and doughnuts. ...
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Self-described writer, activist, and chef, Joshna does amazing work getting more local sustainable food into hospitals, and is getting recognized for it. See the article “Joshna Maharaj Has a Cure for Hospital Food“, in which the Globe & Mail nominates Joshna as one of Canada’s top creative talents.
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More fresh, local Ontario food is coming to cafeterias and food-service kitchens across the province. With support from the Ontario government, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Greenbelt Fund is calling for new applications to the broader public sector (BPS) grant program to support increased amounts of local food served in hospitals, schools...
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Applied Student Research (ASR) is emerging on campuses across North America.  At the CFSP, we’re seeing how ASR enables a campus to leverage its own academic resources to tackle the tough questions of how to improve campus food services and regional food systems. Sarah Archibald recently had the opportunity to participate in a 4th year...
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Source: Food Share and “Thisgivesmehope” blog- November 6, 2012 On September 16, 2008 Toronto’s Bendale Business and Technical Institute (Bendale BTI) was in lockdown because of a shooting incident. Today it is the site of one of the most progressive, school-based market gardens in North America. FoodShare Toronto partnered with Bendale BTI to create Canada’s first school...
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Ontario is affected by many trade agreements that potentially restrict its ability to enact public procurement measures that discriminate in favour of local food. However, an examination of some of the limitations and exceptions of certain trade agreements that affect Ontario as well as a review of public procurement measures adopted by jurisdictions subject to similar trade agreement restrictions,...
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