The Ontario Council Of Hospital Unions

The Ontario Council Of Hospital Unions

May 29, 2014 15:28 ET

Media Advisory: Thousands of patient and LTC resident meals tossed out, uneaten each day

"This can change," says UK better hospital food advocate at North Bay media conference Monday

NORTH BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 29, 2014) - Good nutrition and patient convalescent care are linked. Yet each day in Ontario thousands of hospital patients' meals are left uneaten and wind-up in the trash.

In the United Kingdom where over 82,000 patient meals a day are wasted, Alex Jackson with a group called Sustain, is trying to change the kind of food patients in the UK are served.

Jackson will be in North Bay for a media conference, Monday June 2, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 23, 150 First Ave West, North Bay. He'll share the experiences of Sustain's The Campaign for Better Hospital Food, which aims to get the UK government to introduce mandatory nutritional, environmental and ethical standards for food served to patients in hospitals in England.

Ontario hospitals, nursing homes, schools and universities should be serving locally grown food that's cooked in-house. "More and more, they're not," says Louis Rodrigues a former hospital chef and regional vice-president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU). Rodrigues led a local hospital food campaign in Kingston to keep patient meals in-house at the Kingston General Hospital (KGH). Ultimately the hospital contracted out patient food to a multi-national factory food operation west of Toronto. Prepared food is now trucked down Hwy. 401 to the Kingston hospital.

"The problem is that provincial policies encourage the contracting out of food and dietary programs to factory food operations when patients would benefit most from nutritious fresh local food, cooked in the hospital kitchen," says Rodrigues.

More information on The Campaign for Better Hospital Food is available at:

Contact Information

  • Stella Yeadon
    Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Communications