Two Nourish leaders — Marianne Katusin in Ontario and Donna Koenig in British Columbia — are innovating with their menus, purchasing and supply chains to get more local food on the patient tray. Both are working in provinces that are making local food promotion a priority through supportive policy environments that enable local purchasing.
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!
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.