Greenbelt Fund News

The latest about the Greenbelt Fund, our initiatives and local food community.

Current State of Local Food Awareness and Utilization in Meal and Snack Programs Targeted to Young Children in Ontario

The Greenbelt Fund and the Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC) at the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) collaborated on a research project, in partnership with the Food Innovation & Research Studio (FIRSt) at George Brown College (GBC) and the Helderleigh Foundation, and released its final report: Current State of Local Food Awareness and Utilization in Meal and Snack Programs Targeted to Young Children in Ontario.

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Northern Food Distribution Network

What is the Northern Food Distribution Network?

In the fall of 2016, the Greenbelt Fund and local food leaders working in food distribution from across the North started to gather to develop a strategy to address distribution challenges and collaborate on improving the efficiency, resilience and accessibility of northern Ontario food value chains.  After extensive consultation, the creation of the Northern Food Distribution Network (NFDN) was established. The initial year of meetings allowed the group to bring together more people involved in improving Northern food distribution and to start looking at what strategies would address the key challenges.

 

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Northern Food Distribution Network - Draft Action Plan

In the fall of 2016, the Greenbelt Fund approached food system stakeholders from Northern Ontario to assess opportunities to collaborate on food distribution in the region. This push to bring people together resulted in two in-person meetings, and over 20 teleconference meetings where stakeholders from across the North shared their understanding and perspectives on the challenges associated with the food value chain. This lead to a core group of people striking a steering committee to move this work forward.

Read the Northern Food Distribution Network - Draft Action Plan. 


Northern Ontario Food Distribution Workshop

Food distribution in Northern Ontario presents a conundrum for food businesses as well as advocates of food security and food sovereignty. The region is greater than the size of France, with only 780,000 people inhabiting the vast territory, translating into scant transportation infrastructure. Thirty-six communities, with a population of approximately 15,000, are considered remote, relying on ice roads, ships or airplanes to leave their communities or bring in supplies, including food. The high cost of food in small and remote communities (over twice as much in some communities1), due in part to the high cost of distribution, presents an obstacle to food security.

Read the Northern Ontario Food Distribution Workshop document. 


Summary of Northern Distribution Meetings

In the fall of 2016, the Greenbelt Fund approached food system stakeholders from Northern Ontario to assess opportunities to collaborate on food distribution in the region. This push to bring people together resulted in two in-person meetings, and over 20 teleconference meetings where stakeholders from across the North shared their understanding and perspectives on the challenges associated with the food value chain. This lead to a core group of people striking a steering committee to move this work forward.

Read the Summary of Northern Distribution Meetings document. 


Northern Food Distribution Network - Terms of Reference

The Network works in collaboration with communities across Northern Ontario to improve the efficiency, resilience and accessibility of Northern Ontario food value chains.

Read the Terms of Reference document

 


ONTARIO GOVERNMENT OPENING THE DOOR FOR LOCAL FOOD IN THE BROADER PUBLIC SECTOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2019

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT OPENING THE DOOR FOR LOCAL FOOD IN THE BROADER PUBLIC SECTOR

 

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Knowing Your Power to Purchase Local

Halton Healthcare is harnessing their sector’s potential to change the food system. With three community hospitals serving more than half a million patient meals a year, Halton Healthcare is using its purchasing power to bring more healthy, Ontario food to market.

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BPS Workshop - Healthcare & Vendor Matchmaking

On February 14, 2019, we are inviting representatives from Ontario’s healthcare sector to the Greenbelt Fund’s speaker panel and Vendor Food Fair on the Role of Local Food in Healthcare.

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Webinar: Food Hubs - Key Value Indicators

The Greenbelt Fund has partnered with the U.S. National Good Food Network on a series of local food and value chain coordination webinars.

The fourth in the series highlights how successful food hubs across Ontario have achieved their mission and goals through financial and business metrics.

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