On July 14th, 2011, City Councillors voted almost unanimously to continue buying local food for city-run daycares and seniors’ homes.
Two weeks ago, some Councillors publicly stated they thought City Hall shouldn’t be supporting local farmers and the city’s food services industry that supply local food.
In response, over 1,700 Torontonians signed a petition asking Councillors to support the city’s local food procurement policy. As well, nine key players in the food services industry sent a letter to Councillors asking them to support the city’s continued support for local food procurement.
Because of the decision today, local farmers will have a better chance to supply fresh and nutritious foods to users of city daycares and seniors’ homes. As well, by buying more local food, the city will reduce smog and greenhouse gas emissions as less food comes from far away.
Finally, thanks to all of you for contacting your local Councillor and helping ensure City Hall keeps the welcome mat for local food!