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Northern Meat Co-Operative Helps More Ontario Food Reach First Nations Communities

-Greenbelt Fund Announces Second Round of Grants-

Toronto, Aug. 9, 2011 – With support from the Ontario government, the Greenbelt Fund is providing a grant allowing, Ontario North East (ONE) Meats and Golden Beef to work together to supply more locally grown meat to public institutions and First Nations communities in northeastern Ontario. This project will bring more local food to health care facilities and schools in the north.Increasing the amount of Ontario food in our public institutions benefits the community and helps sustain a safe and secure food supply. With support from the Ontario government, the Greenbelt Fund is helping to increase the amount of Ontario food served in daycares, schools, universities and colleges, hospitals and long-term care facilities through the Broader Public Sector Investment Fund: Promoting Ontario Food.

Now, even more local food will be available in these facilities through the second round of grants announced today, which will support an additional 15 innovative projects.

From small and large farm operations to food distributors, the local food movement is spreading along the food value chain. With a total of 27 projects approved to date, we are beginning to see the results and this second round of grantees are building on that momentum.

“When we buy Ontario, everyone wins. It’s good for our economy, our farmers and the environment. Through this program, we are increasing the amount of local food in the kitchens of our hospitals, schools, daycares and other public institutions, providing our patients and families with fresh, local Ontario food.”
– Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

“This project is helping source more Ontario food from local growers and farmers, which will help our local economy. It will also provide more local, healthy and nutritious food to the north’s public institutions, which will benefit the entire region.”
– David Ramsay, MPP for Timiskaming-Cochrane

“It is exciting to see collaborations like this come together to create a system that will help bring more local food to northern communities. It is the leadership taken on by ONE Meats and Golden Beef that is helping to find and secure new opportunities to work with the broader public sector and grow the amount of Ontario food served.”
– Bill Duron, Program Director, Greenbelt Fund

“We are excited about the opportunity to work together to overcome some of the barriers that exist in food service in the north. This grant from the Greenbelt Fund will be beneficial for us to reach out to those northern communities that often don’t have access to local food.”
– Clifford Blackburn, Ontario North East Meats/Golden Beef

About the Greenbelt Fund:
The Greenbelt Fund is a sister organization of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. With funding from the Ontario Government, the fund is helping to increase the amount of Ontario food served in daycares, schools, universities and colleges, hospitals and long-term care facilities through its program, the Broader Public Sector Investment Fund: Promoting Ontario Food.

This program provides grants to local food industry leaders, producers, distributors, food service providers and public institutions working to serve more Ontario food. Helping to overcome challenges, support economic growth and the sustainability of agriculture in Ontario, the Fund’s goal is to help create systemic change to permanently increase the amount of local food in the province’s public institutions. For more information about the program, please visit www.bpsinvestmentfund.ca.

For further information:
For more information or to book an interview, please contact:

Julienne Spence
Communications Manager
Greenbelt Fund
Office: 416-960-0001, ext. 311
Mobile: 416-795-8892
[email protected]

Melissa Zanette
Senior Advisor, Communications
Office of the Minister
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Office: 416-326-3071
[email protected]