Sustainable Food Systems

Funding announcements – Food Rx Fund

Funding announcements – Food Rx Fund   Food Rx: COVID-19 Patient Food Security Fund, from the Nourish initiative, will provide targeted funding over the next three months so that health care organizations can increase their capacity to meet the needs of their patients for whom the pandemic has created, or is exacerbating, food insecurity.   […]

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Grant Announcements – Frontline Healthcare Staff Support Fund

The McConnell Foundation has partnered with HealthCareCAN on the COVID-19 Frontline Healthcare Staff Support Fund.  Over the next three months, support from the fund will enable projects that will help meet frontline staff needs for childcare, counselling and healthy food, along with meeting patient needs for communications support to connect with their families. Nazareth Community […]

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For Greta, with gratitude

You’ve made us realize that it is time for a rethink, and for courageous action. In 1946, Albert Einstein, spurred by the knowledge that the threat of nuclear annihilation meant that humanity needed to displace war as a means of resolving human conflict, ran an ad in the New York Times that read in part: […]

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Ode to the Hospital Tray

Take a close look. You may see a hospital tray… but we see a platform. McConnell’s Nourish initiative believes that food is fundamental to patient, community and planetary health and wellbeing. Join the movement: www.nourishhealthcare.ca

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The Revised Canada Food Guide

An essential step toward sustainable food systems Canada’s new Food Guide was finally released this week. The Guide goes beyond recommending what to eat, and provides simple guidance on how to eat, such as cooking from scratch when possible. Many view the Guide as an essential step towards more sustainable food systems, because of its […]

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Sourcing meat raised without antibiotics: If A&W can do it, why can’t Canadian hospitals?

By Jennifer Reynolds, Food Secure Canada and Stacia Clinton, Health Care Without Harm Health care facilities are on the front line of dealing with antibiotic resistance, named a global health threat by the World Health Organization. Each year in Canada, more than 18,000 hospitalized patients acquire infections resistant to antimicrobials and the “total medical care costs associated with antimicrobial resistant infections have been estimated at $1 […]

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Connecting the Seams of Patient Care With Food

By Jason Bilsky, CEO and President, Yukon Hospital and a member of the Nourish team. Jason Bilsky is the CEO and President of Yukon Hospital. The Yukon Hospital Corporation is participating in the Nourish Innovator program with innovator Leslie Carson, Manager of Nutrition and Food Services, and supporting participant Laura Salmon, Director, First Nations Health Programs.   When […]

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Concordia University’s Recipe for Local, Sustainable Campus Food

This article was originally published les Affaires on June 22, 2017. Read the original article here. In 2015, Concordia University changed food services providers, putting an end to a 13-year relationship with Chartwells. Concordia had officially joined a growing list of Quebec and Canadian institutions opting to use their purchasing power to encourage more sustainable […]

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Nourish Newsletter: Healthcare Food Purchasing – Going Beyond Local to Talk About Sustainability

Curating value through local and sustainable food supply chains Introduction to Summer 2017 Nourish e-newsletter by the Nourish Team and Wendy Smith, Contract Specialist, MEALsource and Nourish Advisor We’ve come a long way in championing local food in Canada. Five years ago, it was difficult to imagine healthcare institutions ever making local procurement a priority. Today, local food […]

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Webinar: The role of food in healthcare

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern Join Sustainable Food Systems program director Beth Hunter for a webinar on the role of food in health and healing. Learn about our research and preliminary findings, and to hear from one of HealthCareCAN’s members that has made significant progress in this area. You’ll have an opportunity to […]

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