Dan Munshaw Receives Local Food Champion Award from Greenbelt Fund


November 9, 2017

Local Food Champion Award presented to Dan Munshaw at Local Food Symposium

At the Greenbelt Fund Local Food Symposium on November 8, Dan Munshaw received the Local Food Champion Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership in advocating for local food and changing the culture and priorities of the City of Thunder Bay to embrace local in the procurement process. The award was presented by Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal.

Selected by the Greenbelt Fund, Local Food Champion Awards are presented to people and organizations in the agri-food sector for demonstrating leadership and innovation to create systemic change to get more Ontario food to Ontarians' plates. Dan Munshaw was recognized for his dedication to local food procurement and his passion for implementing local food policies in Thunder Bay.

As Procurement Manager, Dan Munshaw has made it his mission to increase local food procurement in Thunder Bay because of his own experience with and commitment to the local food sector. Dan has advocated for local food policies and demonstrated the economic benefits of choosing local to political leaders in Thunder Bay. He is recognized across the sector as a uniquely energetic supporter of local food and his policies and programs in Thunder Bay are noted best practice in the field.

"Dan Munshaw is a dedicated public servant who has spearheaded local food policies at the City of Thunder Bay and advocated for a strong commitment to local food at the municipal level" said Edward McDonnell, CEO of the Greenbelt Fund. "The Greenbelt Fund is very pleased to recognize Dan Munshaw's outstanding leadership with the Local Food Champion Award."

“I attribute Thunder Bay’s success to a visionary Council, successful partnerships with Chris Borutski, his team and regional producers. Assistance from Greenbelt Fund and Nourish has been immeasurable. It’s rewarding to contribute to improving a residents health, experience, economic growth through the leverage of public spend and local foods,” said Dan Munshaw, Manager of Supply Management at the City of Thunder Bay.

“I would like to congratulate Dan Munshaw on receiving a Local Food Champion Award from the Greenbelt Fund. You are developing innovative solutions that will help increase the availability of local food within the communities you serve. I salute our Local Food Champions who have gone the extra mile to help get more local food on Ontarians’ plates,” said Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

The Greenbelt Fund also recognized Mohawk College for their project to increase local food sales in Ontario colleges, as well as Flanagan Foodservice and Local Line for their collaboration in modernizing local food procurement with an online ordering tool.

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About The Greenbelt Fund:
The Greenbelt Fund changes the way we eat food in Ontario. The Fund’s innovative investments get more local food onto the plates of Ontarians. We work with business, institutions and NGOs to make Ontario’s farmers the first choice for consumers. The Fund’s work has generated a 13-fold return on our investments, permanently changed the food value chain and improved local food awareness and education around the province. As a non-for-profit, the Greenbelt Fund is supported by public and private sources. The Local Food Investment Fund is supported by the Government of Ontario.

Erica Woods
Communications Manager
Greenbelt Fund
Phone: (416) 960-0001 ext. 306
[email protected]