Donna Koenig is a Manager of Support Services for Interior Health, British Columbia for the areas of Oliver and Osoyoos, British Columbia. She has over 36 years of working in food services for both acute and residential care and acts as the Regional Safe Food Handling Auditor for Interior Health region.Donna is also current vice chair and upcoming chair for 2017, of the Provincial Food Services Technical Team who works together on Healthcare Food Services related initiatives for all of the Health Authorities in British Columbia. One of the team’s working groups is the Local Food Procurement group, which Donna chairs.
Interior Health (IH)
Interior Health (IH) is a publicly funded health authority in the interior of British Columbia, whose mission is to “promote healthy lifestyles and provide needed health services in a timely, caring, and efficient manner, to the highest professional and quality standards.” IH consists of 4 regional hospitals, 2 tertiary hospitals, 16 community hospitals and 6,578 residential and assisted living beds, serving a population of 743,000. IH Food Services provides five million meals each year, across 55 facilities, utilizing conventional and cook-chill retherm systems. IH owns and operates a regional production facility that produces products such as vegetarian and texture modified entrees, utilizing a cook-freeze system; a Dinners at Home meal program, offering convenient nutritionally-balanced frozen entrées for public purchase, and a community-based Meals on Wheels program in collaboration with non-profit organizations.
The Health Authority has been working steadily with suppliers to take advantage of the great food that is grown, produced and processed right in B.C. We are continuing to expand on this by providing resource information for facilities to purchase locally by partnering with manufacturers, suppliers and distributors and providing farmers with information on how to distribute their product as a safe sustainable product. Our vision is to create a web-based map information system for all approved local food providers in B.C. to take pride and showcase their local food product.
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