SDG – With the help of a local not-for-profit organization, local food is now easier to access at St. Lawrence College (SLC) campuses as well as a planned ‘Local to SDG’ foodshelf launching Dec. 10 at Winchester Foodland.
Kozroots Community Empowerment Projects (KCEP) — the Cornwall and SDG-based not-for-profit organization responsible for the annual Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival held in Cornwall since 2015 — has partnered with Brown’s Dining Solutions to offer a unique source of local food to students and staff at St. Lawrence College cafeterias in Cornwall, Brockville and Kingston.
Under the name “Taste of SLC,” the College counter features unique products grown and produced locally. Local honey, maple syrup, preserves, and snack foods are the first to be featured on the shelf. The initiative strives to introduce students and staff to wholesome, local foods, which may be more challenging to access than traditional cafeteria fare.
“Supporting environmentally friendly local food sources is one of the pillars Brown’s believes in and continues to build on,” said Gloria Dolan, Tri-Campus Director of Food Services at St. Lawrence College. “This initiative meets our sustainability model by providing locally produced alternative snacks and whole food products to our students, staff and visitors at all three campuses; the interest has been great. We plan to have a launch in the new year once we have procured a variety of products from all three surrounding regions with the help of KCEP.”
With the first local food shelves up and running at SLC, KCEP was invited by Dan Pettigrew, owner of Foodland in Winchester, to feature a Local to SDG food shelf in his new store. “Bringing local products to the consumer while giving the producers to the area a place to feature their wares over the winter months while farmers’ markets are for the most part closed is a way of giving back to the community. My team and I at Foodland could not be happier than to take the lead on this initiative,” said Pettigrew.
The launch of the Local to SDG shelf at the 12015 Main Street establishment will take place 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, featuring the wares of over a dozen SDG producers. Pettigrew said the launch will coincide with a broader sampling event occurring that day at the store as well.
Along with individual items touted as great stocking stuffers and everyday meal preparation, KCEP will be taking orders for Local to SDG gift baskets.
“Both Brown’s and Foodland’s lead in carrying the Taste of SLC and Local to SDG campaigns makes them catalysts in the local food movement,” said KCEP President and Monkland-area garlic producer Brenda Norman. “Our main focus is to develop projects and initiatives that support local agri-food initiatives, so we are thrilled to be the liaison between our local producers and St. Lawrence College and Foodland Winchester.
“We hope that this will just be the first step, and that future steps will include local products being carried in more locations across the region of SDG and beyond.”
Local food producers or artisans wishing to be featured in the Taste of SLC shelf or the Local to SDG Foodland shelf are invited to contact Sylvie Paquette, KCEP Vice-President and Communications Officer at (613) 525-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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