St. Joseph’s hospital looks to partner with local farmers to give patients fresh food – CBC

An online request for information is open to farmers until Sept. 1

Jul 18, 2023

St. Joseph’s Health Care London is calling out for local farmers and food growers who can supply fresh and locally sourced produce for its inpatients and residents.

The London, Ont., hospital is hoping to hear from farmers about their business and capabilities to determine what local growers can provide through a request for information (RFI) that will help structure a deal that would benefit the whole community.

It’s the first step to figuring out a long-term plan that will eventually pave out details that include, but aren’t limited to, the products that can be grown and how to manage orders and deliveries.

“We’re looking to build a connection with our local producers and farmers to try and be able to get more of our produce from those who are right around us in the community,” said Lindsay Botnick, director of food and nutrition services (FNS) at St. Joseph’s.

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