QUEEN’S PARK — To kick off Local Food Week from June 3-9, the Ontario government has launched a new program to celebrate people and organizations across Ontario that promote local food.
The Local Food Champion program recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses who have demonstrated leadership in putting local food on the tables of the people of Ontario.
“The Local Food Champion program is a celebration of our hard working farmers, food processors and entrepreneurs who are committed to ensuring more local food is available for everyone in their community,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “When we buy local food, we are making a choice to support Ontario, our communities and our economy. I encourage everyone to support our agriculture sector by choosing local food and to enjoy all the amazing produce grown right here in Ontario.”
“Our riding has a lot to celebrate. Agriculture is our number one economic sector, providing quality local produce and stable jobs for our residents,” said MPP McDonell.
By celebrating Local Food Week and recognizing our Local Food Champions, the Ontario government is demonstrating strong support of the province’s farmers and food processors, who produce more than 200 food and beverage products to feed our local communities and the world. Ontario’s food and beverage sector is an important part of our province as it employs one in eight Ontarians and contributes over $39 billion to the economy. Recognizing the great work of Local Food Champions connects more people with local food and opens more doors to opportunities to share in the bounty of food and beverages produced right here in Ontario.
- Ontario is celebrating local food and beverages during Local Food Week June 3-9.
- For more information on the Local Food Champion initiative, please contact [placeholder for local MPP’s contact information].
- For more than 40 years, Foodland Ontario has connected with families on how to recognize, prepare and enjoy locally grown foods.