George Brown College partners with hospital to provide local food

George Brown College and St. Michael’s Hospital are focusing on enhancing the hospital's patient meals through grant money.

TORONTO—Thanks to a sizeable grant from the provincially-funded Greenbelt Fund, George Brown College, in Toronto, Ontario, and St. Michael’s Hospital have officially embarked on a partnership to enhance the hospital’s menu by integrating more local food products into the hospital’s patient meals.

“The grant allows us to engage our faculty and students in our culinary program — specifically the students in our culinary management program — to work with St. Michael’s staff to come up with innovative and healthy tasting recipes by using local ingredients,” says Winnie Chiu, director of the Food Innovation Research Studio (FIRSt) at George Brown’s Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts.

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