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May 29, 2013
City introduces local food recipes at City-run daycares
Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food, Kathleen Wynne, attended today's celebration of the City of Toronto's new kid-approved local food recipes at the Danforth Child Care Centre along with Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of Toronto's Community Development and Recreation Committee, and Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), who hosted the event.

“I want our young people to grow up eating nutritious, local food,” said Premier Wynne. “The Greenbelt Fund, the City of Toronto and the provincial government have worked together to get more Ontario-grown food in Toronto’s child care centres with simple, healthy recipes that are helping us build awareness and support local farmers.”

The recipes were developed by the City's Environment & Energy Office in collaboration with Toronto Children's Services, following Toronto City Council's adoption of a Local Food Procurement Policy in 2011. The policy aims to increase the amount of local food served at City facilities, such as child care centres, shelters and long-term care homes.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food provided a generous grant through the Greenbelt Fund to support the development of the recipes, all of which feature at least 50 per cent locally grown fruits and vegetables and will be available to child care operators in Ontario.

"Locally produced food is beneficial for the city's economy, the environment and our health," said Councillor Robinson. "In addition to serving fresh, local foods at our child care centres, we will be supporting local farmers, creating local jobs, and reducing our carbon footprint."

"Local food helps to nourish young minds and bodies. As a father, I'm particularly proud of today's announcement," said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Greenbelt Fund. "This project is one of the many ways the Greenbelt Fund is helping public institutions increase their use of healthy, local foods. To date our work has resulted in $26 million in more local food purchases, supporting Ontario farmers, our environment, and our economy."

"More than 400 children at City-operated child care centres taste-tested our recipes," said Councillor Fletcher. "They truly are kid-approved."

Family-size versions of the recipes are available in nine languages on the Live Green Toronto website at

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