Serving Up Local II: An Economic Analysis

The Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance is continuing our work on local food procurement in Ontario’s long-term care sector with the launch of the project Serving Up Local II: An Economic Analysis (SULEA).

The SULEA project is the second phase of GHFFA’s incredibly successful Serving Up Local Project (SUL), a partnership project with the Regions of Durham and Halton and the City of Hamilton. This new research project is a partnership between GHFFA and the University of Guelph’s Department of Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics (FARE), funded by OMAFRA, to deliver an economic study on the impacts of increased local food purchasing in Ontario’s long term-care (LTC) sector. It will culminate in an online tool that will aid Ontario’s LTC homes to achieve and surpass local procurement goals within their budgets, and research results are intended to assist the province in setting realistic goals for Broader Public Sector local food procurement under the third pillar of the Local Food Act.

The nine LTC homes from the first Serving Up Local project are working with the research team to help shape the online tool, while the 13 municipally-run homes in the Regions of Peel and Niagara have partnered as our second Cohort to increase their local food purchasing by 5% from the baseline and test the tool created for accuracy and comprehension.

The project offers learning events and webinars on topics related to local food procurement to staff in healthcare.

Upcoming #LocalFoodinHealthcare Webinars

Stay tuned!


Archived Webinars

Local Food in Healthcare Strategy in Halton Region Long-Term Care | December 5, 2019:


For more information about the SULEA project please contact co-investigators, Soni Craik Christie or Stephanie Crocker