Greenbelt Fund News

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

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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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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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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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: Commercial Kitchens, Incubators and Accelerators

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 third in the series explores how food incubators, commercial or community kitchens, and accelerators provide spaces for ‘food-preneurs’ to incubate, grow and prosperous.

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Ontario’s First Food Hub Financial Benchmark Survey - Deadline Extended!

Are you a ‘cooperative’, ‘food hub’, or a ‘hub’, that aggregates, stores, and distributes local food? Complete the Ontario’s First Food Hub Financial Benchmarking Survey by January 14, 2019 to receive your customized benchmarking report comparing your organization to the food hub sector.

To participate in the Food Hub Benchmarking Survey, click here.

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Webinar: Value Chain Coordination - Creating Partnership through Policy

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

The second in the series explores how value chains, like all entities, are not isolated, but are rooted in context. One role of value chain coordination is to improve the conditions in which the local value chains exist.

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Webinar: Local Food Value Chain Coordination

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, the Greenbelt Fund will host a webinar in collaboration with the Wallace Center’s National Good Food Network initiative focused on “matchmaking” within local food value chains.

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Local Producer Showcase at Restaurants Canada Trade Show

Local food has been consistently trending in the top themes for the Restaurants Canada Chef Survey and the National Restaurants Association annual surveys. Do they know something you don't?  Maybe it's time to check out some of Ontario's offerings by meeting with some suppliers of local foods at the upcoming RC Show February 25-27, 2018.

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Letter to Stakeholders from CEO Edward McDonnell

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Edward McDonnell joined the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and the Greenbelt Fund as CEO in October 2017, bringing more than 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, public sector executive and senior advisor to a broad range of public sector organizations.

Read his letter introducing himself to our stakeholders below:

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