À la carte Food Literacy Project wins Award for Innovation

Feb 6 2018

Ottawa – The Ottawa Public Library’s (OPL) ‘à la carte’ Food Literacy Project won the Minister’s Award for Innovation in the Large Library Category at the Ontario Public Library Service Awards at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto, last week.

This initiative makes food literacy a part of OPL’s diverse programming, and positions the public library as a key community resource and partner for accessible food-related information and programming that can lead to health, economic, and social benefits.

Tim Tierney, Chair of the OPL Board and Councillor for Beacon Hill-Cyrville ward, said, “This high level of innovation came to fruition through OPL’s leadership. The Library brought strong local and community partners together to deliver fresh and novel programs to raise food literacy in our city.”

Partners of this project range from city-wide organisations such as Ottawa Public Health, MarketMobile, and the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival, to community organizations such as Parkdale Food Centre and Just Food Ottawa. Local and Ontario-based chefs, authors, bloggers, gardeners, and entrepreneurs have joined OPL at the table to feed the conversation on healthy, affordable, sustainable eating and help promote a better understanding of how we are connected to the food we eat and grow.

The project is funded by a grant from the Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund that recognizes the key role public libraries play in building strong, vibrant communities across the province. Hon. Bob Chiarelli, MPP, Ottawa West – Nepean and Minister of Infrastructure, announced the $189,890 grant over two years in January 2016.

“We are immensely pleased and honoured to receive this award. This project is an excellent example of OPL’s commitment to offer new and engaging programs to our customers,” said Danielle McDonald, CEO of Ottawa Public Library.  “The provincial funding was essential to sow this successful program.  We will continue to promote food literacy and deliver programs that inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people.”


The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America. The OPL extends public access to information and services through the library’s 34 branches, physical and virtual at www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca, as well as two mobile libraries and a vending machine-style lending library service. Serving close to one million Ottawa residents, OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter www.Twitter.com/OPL_BPO and like us on Facebook www.Facebook.com/OPLBPO. Contact us at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca. If it’s out there, it’s in here!


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