Food System Sustainability

MEALsource has been recognized for its ground-breaking work to advance opportunities for local food producers to become engaged in the healthcare contract process. Using the power of the dollar, we have helped increase purchases of local, sustainable foods that contribute to a more resilient local food system, while bringing more local fruits, vegetables and protein to the table for our Members’ patients.

We are committed to the education and inclusion of new Suppliers, as well as providing a level playing field for participation in our processes.

MEALsource is honoured to participate as an advisor in Nourish, which is hosted and funded by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.  Nourish is a national community of innovators in healthcare working to influence the culture and practice of food.  Participants from 25 hospitals across Canada make up the cohort.  Currently, the cohort is working on five collaborative projects, you can follow these projects here.

Coming Soon:  Mohawk College in partnership with Golden Horseshoe Food & Farming Alliance, through funding by OMAFRA is developing and launching a Continuing Education Local Food Procurement Certification for Broader Public Sector procurement professionals.  MEALsource was thrilled to be included as an expert contributing content for the cirriculum. See the Media Release here.

We track and report on Product of Ontario contract items. With the roll out of the Local Food Act in Ontario, it is important for our membership to access this information easily. Therefore, all of our award reports identify whether a product is "Product of Ontario" based on the current OMAFRA definition.

In March 2016, we completed a research project for OMAFRA examing the feasibility and food system impact that aggregation would have among the hundreds of student nutrition programs within Ontario. Click here for the full report