We have officially launched Health Smart
Our community food program partners and their clients have begun to see healthier choices in their deliveries as part of our new Health Smart Program. We are committed to investing over $400,000 annually to improve the health outcomes of people who depend on emergency food services.
With the help of Ottawa Public Health, we have done a complete review of the food items we purchase and distribute. Based on the findings, and with feedback from our community food programs, we have made substantial changes to ensure lower fat, sodium, and sugar content, and increased protein and fibre.
Additionally, for the first time in our history, we have invested in purchasing milk to ensure more can be distributed. Community food programs will also receive an increase in quantities of ground beef, and fish has been added as a new protein source.
Finally, we will be extending the period of time that we purchase fruits and vegetables as part of our reFRESH winter produce program. This program ensures we can provide produce to our community food program partners throughout the winter months, when we’re no longer able to harvest from our Community Harvest farming program.
This initiative is less about food and more about the people for whom we provide. This is about the health and well-being of the clients who visit our community food program partners.