North Island College was selected as one of eight organizations working nationally to increase the supply of local food into public institutions across Canada.
Students at the Comox Valley campus were the first to experience the supply chain shift as the FEED (Food, Environment and Economic Development) Comox Valley project got started.
NIC food service provider Custom Gourmet and Vancouver Island Farm Products worked together to develop and maximize a local supply chain, and offered a seasonally adjusted menu in the cafeteria. We also worked with Island Health to better understand the challenges faced by the hospitals when trying to source local food.
- Provided fresh produce, within 24 hours of harvesting, to North Island College, St. Joseph’s General Hospital, and Glacier View Lodge.
- Was featured at the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets Annual Conference
- Island Farmers’ Alliance is now focusing on social public procurement and institutional supply chains with a view to expanding the FEED Comox Valley model across the island.
- Hosted a day trip to the Comox Valley for Canadian Environmental Grant Makers Network delegates.
“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. ”
Custom Gourmet - Custom Gourmet provides high-quality, locally sourced food to the Comox Valley.
- Vancouver Island Farm Products
About the 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.
Manager, Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation