Local Food Expo a Hit in Oakville

Local food matters. The easiest way to convince people of this is to let them see it, hear about it and, most importantly, taste it. That’s the idea behind our Local Food Expo, which is a part of Local Food Week (June 4-10, 2017) in Ontario. Local food champions came together to share their knowledge, passion and food with patients, visitors, staff and volunteers at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on June 8th. At this event, 10 of our partners spent the day with us serving up everything from herb and cheese appetizers to strawberry-rhubarb pie and sharing recipes and information to help people choose local.

The Expo is just the most visible part of our love of local food. Behind the scenes, our Food Services team, led by Manager Marianne Katusin, works to bring food from ‘farm to bedside” and creates their own recipes that use local ingredients. The result is tasty and nutritious meals that help our patients heal, while we also get the most value from our financial resources.

But we’re not stopping there. With a $51,000 grant from the Greenbelt Foundation (as part of Ontario’s Local Food Investment Fund), we’re launching phase two of our Good for You, Locally Grown initiative. We will continue to craft delicious meals that heal and help patients identify local food choices so they can enjoy the benefits of local at home.

Missed the Food Expo in June? See you in October as we celebrate Ontario Agriculture Week!


About us

Located west of Toronto, Halton Healthcare encompasses Georgetown, Milton District and Oakville Trafalgar Hospitals. Our almost 5,600 physicians, staff and volunteers serve the healthcare needs of half a million residents. Last year we served approximately 575,000 nutritious and delicious meals to our patients.



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Thursday, May 25, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern

How can hospitals and long term care homes build the health and wealth of their patients, staff and communities through the food they source and serve? This webinar will explore American and Canadian examples of leadership to position institutions as anchors of wellbeing for the populations they serve.


Stacia Clinton, Healthcare Without Harm
Jen Reynolds, Food Secure Canada
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