Each day, Trent Food Services staff show they are able to rise to any occasion. Whether they are feeding a campus of busy students needing to refuel, leading the way in sustainability, or catering various events that take place at Trent, the team brings their best. It comes as no surprise that Trent Food Services staff has been recognized for supporting local food in the Chartwells “Be a Local Hero” competition for the second consecutive year.
As a winning campus, Trent Food Services received $500 to pay forward as a “local hero” to a charity in the community. They chose to donate their wins to the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting those affected by sexual violence.
“Chartwells continues to demonstrate their alignment with Trent’s values, doing the things that are important to our students, staff and faculty,” notes Mark Murdoch, director, Trent University Foodservices. “The award for the contest is being paid forward to another local hero, KSAC, to support the important work that they do.”
The Chartwells “Be a Local Hero” competition judged teams on their ability to be creative with locally produced foods through unique recipes, engaging activities and student involvement. Here at Trent, the community continues to value local and sustainable food options on campus, and the team delivers with bounty from nearby rural communities continuing to increase in abundance on menus across the campus.
Some of the initiatives undertaken by the team included a local Thanksgiving community dinner, local apple stand and apple cider bar, and sampling events from Empire Cheese, Yorkshire Valley Farms and Entomo Farms, a local cricket protein producer.