On April 18, 2012, Local Food Plus presented Halton Region with a certificate of achievement for 2011 Local Sustainable Food Procurement. This award shows that Halton is meeting its commitment to local sustainable food procurement at the Region’s cafeteria, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, supporting Ontario’s regional farming economy, creating jobs and protecting the environment for Halton Region residents.
“We are proud to have achieved our local food procurement goal,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Halton Region is committed to sustainability and reducing the ecological footprint associated with Halton Region’s operations.”
In 2010 Halton Region became the first region in Canada to adopt local sustainable food procurement practices for its municipal food services. Halton’s agreement with Local Food Plus (LFP) brings fresh, local sustainable food to the cafeteria at Halton Regional Centre (1151 Bronte Road, Oakville), and helps to support Ontario’s farm economy while reducing green house gas emissions.
LFP is a non-profit organization that certifies Ontario farmers and processors who follow a strict set of sustainable practices. The organization links Certified Local Sustainable farmers and processors with food service contractors, restaurants and grocery stores to successfully establish local sustainable food procurement initiatives. For more information about Local Food Plus visit www.localfoodplus.ca.
From Halton Region