Food Origin Audits


Project Description:

According to a recent Canadian Coalition of Green Health Care survey conducted jointly with My Sustainable Canada and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, several Ontario health care facilities are purchasing local food, but none have undertaken extensive food service audits. These audits could provide baseline information on the quantity of Ontario food that is currently served in the health care sector. Food origin audits could also enhance the capacity for Ontario food to enter the health care supply chain by identifying all foods that are sourced from outside Ontario, but are available locally; furthermore, there are no known systems in place to monitor local food purchasing among health care facilities and group purchasing organizations in Ontario.

This project will conduct food origin audits at one health care facility and its Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) by: documenting the origin of foods purchased by this facility; identifying opportunities for it to purchase Ontario food; and, outline which food products have a reasonable ready supply for this organization to start/increase its purchase of Ontario foods.

 

Project Results:

Conducting Food Origin Audits: a step-by-step guide. Do you know where your food comes from?
by Hayley Lapalme, Elin Marley, Brendan Wylie-Toal (Editor)
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Local Food Case Study #1 – St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph
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Local Food Case Study #2 – St. Joseph’s Group Purchasing Organisation
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Project Recognition:

Media Coverage:
Hamilton Spectator
Hospital News

Local Food Champion Awards:

1. Ontario’s Local Food Champions 2012: Cultivating Change in the Broader Public Sector
Greenbelt Announcement
Local Food Champion Awards Summary

Featured Coalition Members:
– Nutrition Group, St. Joseph’s Health System, Group Purchasing Organization, and their partner health care facilities
– My Sustainable Canada

2. Ontario’s Local Food Champions 2011: Cultivating Change in the Broader Public Sector
Greenbelt Announcement

Featured Coalition Member:
– Leslie Carson, Director Food & Nutrition Services, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Guelph

3. Ontario Green Health Care Award
Individual Leadership Award 2011

Featured Coalition Member:
– Leslie Carson, Director Food & Nutrition Services, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Guelph

 

Project Updates:

April 20, 2011 Workshop – Local Food in the Public Sector: A Perspective for Health Care

Project Goals:

1. Create a set of best practices for conducting food origin audits that identify the origin and measure current food purchases among the health care food services sector.
2. Establish a process for increased collaboration and partnerships between the agri-food sector and the health care value chain.
3. Increase the quantity and percentage of Ontario food products purchased by members of the health care value chain.
4. Share results with members of the health care food services sector, including the broader public sector value chain.

 

Project Objectives:

1. Acquire baseline information on the source of a selection of commonly purchased foods over the past year at one health care facility and one Group Purchasing Organization.
2. Map out the food systems of the key members health care sector value chain.
3. Increase collaboration between members of the health care value chain to explore the opportunities and challenges to purchasing a greater quantity of Ontario food.
4. Seek commitments on tangible short-term and long-term actions that will result in an increased amount and percentage of Ontario food products purchased by the health care facility, the GPO (which supplies food for 25 Ontario health care facilities), and the broader health care food services sector.

 

Project Timeline:

February 2011 – December 2011

 

Project Funders:

Broader Public Investment Sector Fund
YMCA Youth Eco Internship Program

 

Project Partners:

Health Care:
Leslie Carson, Food Services Manager, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Guelph – Project Lead

Academic:
Dr. Paulette Padanyi, University of Guelph – Project Advisor

Non-Profit:
St. Joseph’s Health System, Group Purchasing Organization – Co-Applicant
Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care – Communications Manager
My Sustainable Canada – Project Manager
Local Food Plus – Project Advisor
National Good Food Network – Project Advisor