Hospitals, schools urged to serve up more locally grown food
The Ontario government is encouraging public sector organizations to use more locally grown and produced food by delivering on the commitment to support the province's agri-food sector.
The province has proclaimed the final requirement of the Local Food Act, 2013, to encourage public sector organizations, such as hospitals and schools, to use more local food. These organizations represent a big market opportunity for local food and economic growth in communities across the province, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs notes.
Consultations will be held throughout the fall with agri-food stakeholders, public sector organizations and the public to establish “aspirational goals and targets.”
The government has created Local Food Week in June, created a tax credit for farmers who donate to local food banks and other community food organizations, and established food literacy and food access goals.