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FEED Comox Valley

Feeding the Region

North Island College has been selected as one of 10 organizations working nationally to increase the supply of local food into public institutions across Canada. Students at the Comox Valley campus will soon be first to experience the supply chain shift as the FEED (Food, Environment and Economic Development) Comox Valley project gets started. NIC food service provider Custom Gourmet and Vancouver Island Farm Products are working together to develop and maximize a local supply chain, and to offer a seasonally adjusted menu in the cafeteria. We will also work with Island Health to better understand the challenges faced by the hospitals when trying to source local food.

Ninety six percent of Vancouver Island’s food now arrives in a refrigerator, on a truck, on a ferry. If public institutions contract and support local farmers, the availability and price point of local food will improve for everyone.
Sandra Hamilton, project lead


Sandra Hamilton - As project lead, Sandra will be working closely with local farmers and with Custom Gourmet, NIC’s food service contractor at the Comox Valley campus. For more information, contact Sandra Hamilton, Project Lead, 250-890-9386,


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  • Custom Gourmet leave site - Custom Gourmet provides high-quality, locally sourced food to the Comox Valley.
  • Vancouver Island Farm Products

Institutional Food Program

The JW McConnell Family Foundation has partnered with Food Secure Canada to provide funding to ten projects across Canada that play a critical role in changing food systems. Organizations include hospitals, long-term care facilities, universities and schools, Through the Institutional Food Program, these organizations will help change policies and practices to provide greater sustainability and healthy food options for their communities.

Contact Us
Sandra Hamilton,
Local Food Project Lead,
Naomi Tabata,
Manager, Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation,

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