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Local Food Fund - South Shore School Food Project

Local Food Fund - South Shore School Food Project

Creating a healthy local food supply for all Nova Scotia

Established: 2010

Local Food Fund


  • To build a sustainable local food supply for Nova Scotians.
  • To raise awareness and educate residents about the importance of local food across the province.
  • To support unique projects with mandates aligned with the mission of the Local Food Fund.

About our Fund:

Nova Scotia has the ability to produce its own meat, dairy, eggs, fruit, vegetables, fish and soy products. Those involved with the local food fund want to support a variety of activities around the province to grow, store and preserve our local food supply. This will strengthen our ability to feed ourselves and our neighbours with fresh, safe food and contribute to the well-being of our local farmers and our local economies.

The Local Food Fund - South Shore School Food Project is the only charitable funding source in the province with a mandate dedicated to healthy local food issues.

It was established in 2010 by a Catalyst Group within Spirit Nova Scotia. The inaugural donation to the Local Food Fund was made by agricultural visionary and mentor on climate change Lil MacPherson in memory of her brother Jim MacPherson. She chose the Local Food Fund to honour their collective love for food. The initial donation was matched by Sean Sears, co-chair of Spirit Nova Scotia and his wife Barbara Thompson.

The Local Food Fund is partnering with the South Shore School Food Project to support development and build capacity for greater local source and better farm to school connections starting on the South Shore. 

The South Shore School Food Project focuses on bringing back into education to strengthen the foundations for the future of our children and Province by working together to build healthy menus in schools and make positive changes to food culture in cafeterias, classrooms and communities starting on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

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