Costs and Benefits of Local Food for Health Care


Project Description:

This project was developed to study the practicality, cost benefit, health and environmental benefits of incorporating local food into patient meals and cafeterias. The following initiatives were undertaken: 50 hospitals and longterm care facilities were administered a survey, with 33/50 responding. Hosted one webinar on the results of the survey Hosted one information session was on the opportunities to introduce local food into health care Increased collaboration with local food professionals, vendors, supply chains Local Food Constellation established. Identified 1-2 hospitals interested in local food pilot project identified

 

Project Timeline:

July 2009 – August 2010

 

Project Funders:

Ontario Trillium Foundation www.trilliumfoundation.org
YMCA Youth Eco Internship Program

 

Project Partners:

Health Care – Thanks to the members of the Local food for Health Care Constellation:
Tammy Quigley is the Director of Support Services at St. Mary’s General Hospital and has served as the Chair of the Local Food for Health Care Constellation.
Anne Marie MacKinnon, who is a registered dietician working at William Osler Health Centre in Brampton, Ontario as the Director of Patient Services for Carillion Inc.
Joanne Bays, is a population health nutritionist and a food policy consultant with special interest in food localism and its impact on personal, community, and environmental health in British Columbia.
Leslie Carson, is registered dietitian working at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Guelph, Ontario as their Food Service Manager.
Elisa Wilson, is a registered dietitian currently working as a Dietary Advisor for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Performance Improvement and Compliance Branch.

Academic:
Dr. Paulette Padanyi, Associate Professor, Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies, College of Management and Economics, University of Guelph
Dr. Vinay Kanetkar, Associate Professor, Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies, College of Management and Economic, University of Guelph
Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Non-Profit:
My Sustainable Canada

 

Results:

a. Local Food for Health Care: An assessment of the practicality, cost benefit, health and environmental benefits of incorporating more local food into patient and cafeteria meals. Download PDF »
b. Presentation for EcoCare 2010 Conference: Assessing Opportunities for Local Food in Health Care. Download PDF »