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Kingston General Hospital has approved a plan to buy factory-made patient meals from an operation west of Toronto. That means millions of dollars that could be spent with farmers, merchants and workers in the Kingston area will disappear down the 401.

For several months a local community coalition that includes, CUPE, the National Farmers’ Union and other labour groups has opposed the food deal.

The hospital’s decision goes against the wishes of the great majority of Kingston residents, defies a motion passed by Kingston City Council and ignores the 10,000 people who have personally asked KGH to buy and prepare its food locally.

This week on special broadcast call, CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn appealed for CUPE members in eastern Ontario to support the Kingston food fight campaign by attending an important community meeting on February 9 -7 p.m. at Kingston city hall.

To find out more about what you can do to ensure the sustainability of the Kingston’s local economy go to