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County Food Hub gains $223,708 federal support for kitchen needs

The Prince Edward County Food Hub is one of seven organizations that received federal support to improve food security.

Friday, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau, Parliamentary Secretary Neil Ellis, announced $338,708 for seven organizations in Eastern Ontario, including $74,350 for the County Food Hub to be used for a standing walk in cooler, gas powered steam kettle, reach in blast chiller and a variety of small kitchen appliances and labour to install the newly acquired equipment.

The Food Hub is a not-for-profit commercial kitchen located in the Sophiasburgh elementary school, that services small-scale food operations, caterers, food truck proprietors, restaurants, and not-for-profit food security organizations.

Launched just months before the ongoing pandemic took hold in early 2020, General Manager Mike Farrell notes the County Food Hub supports local food security groups to produce high volumes of nutritious, ready-to-heat meals destined for distribution to residents-in-need across Prince Edward County.

“With a slate of start-up, and growing, local value-added food businesses now also regularly using our shared commercial kitchen and storage facilities, or housing their entire businesses here on-site as long-term tenants, this local Food Infrastructure Fund comes as a needed boost for our social enterprise. We look forward to being able to position ourselves even more robustly as the local agri-food economy grows, along with our continued community food requirements. Funds will be focused on more efficient, higher volume food production, a suite of packaging and storage solutions to match our demand and a new baking lab.”

“The government of Canada is providing the necessary equipment and tools to improve food
security in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ellis. “This funding is helping to provide the proper equipment to various organizations to keep food cooler for longer, allowing them to extend food’s life and provide more assistance to those who need it.”

Projects and final funding are subject to negotiation of a contribution agreement through the Local Food Infrastructure Fund. Since it first launched in August 2019, the Local Food Infrastructure Fund has supported more than 625 vital food security projects across Canada, such as: community gardens and kitchens; refrigerated trucks and storage units for donated food and greenhouses in remote and northern communities.

 

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