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July 22, 2016
Toronto Public Health launches Grab Some Good mobile food market at Toronto General Hospital
Toronto Public Health is launching a Grab Some Good mobile good food market at one of the city's busiest hospitals to help improve access to healthy and affordable food. Toronto Public Health, in collaboration with the University Health Network (UHN) and FoodShare, will operate the market in front of the UHN Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at Toronto General Hospital every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. until the end of September.

"Launching the UHN Grab Some Good market in the heart of the busy University Avenue hospital corridor is a great way to give many Toronto residents access to fresh, healthy and affordable produce," said Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's), Chair of the Toronto Board of Health. "Increasing healthy food access and improving food security to reduce the risks of chronic disease and obesity, especially among vulnerable residents, is a major priority for the City of Toronto."

"This is an important initiative for University Health Network because it is part of our commitment to healthy living by encouraging and supporting staff, patients and families with healthy food options," said Mary Kay McCarthy, Senior Clinical Director at Toronto General Hospital.

Many of Toronto's populations face barriers to accessing healthy, convenient, high-quality and low-cost foods. The new UHN Grab Some Good market joins three Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) pop-up markets as part of the Grab Some Good brand, which aims to help to fill the gap by connecting urban commuters and residents with fresh food as they move through their day. The three TTC markets are operating out of the Victoria Park, Downsview and Kipling subway stations.

The mobile food markets offer residents, hospital visitors and staff healthy food choices to advance the following goals:
- provide access to fresh produce at affordable prices
- advance sustainable production and distribution of healthy food, and
- improve access to healthy food across the city, emphasizing high standards of food quality, customer service and value for money.

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Lenore Bromley
Toronto Public Health



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