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 education and the inclusion of new Suppliers. In 2014, MEALsource partnered with My Sustainable Canada to offer The Public Purse Procurement (3P) Mentorship Program, which empowers public sector organizations to build a more sustainable food system by bringing more local food into their facilities.

The following links will provide the executive summary for each 3P Mentee:

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