Summit Pacific to observe healthy food pledge with barbecue, local produce

ELMA — As part of Healthcare Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Healthcare program, Summit Pacific will be signing the program’s Healthy Food pledge. The pledge holds organizations to higher nutrition service standards that are geared toward helping improve the health of patients, staff, community and the environment.

Summit Pacific will host a Farm Fresh Community Barbecue and Farmers Market on Friday, Aug. 1.

The event will take place in the parking lot at Summit Pacific Medical Center (600 E. Main St., Elma), with the farmers market kicking off at 10 a.m. and the barbecue beginning at 11.

“Prior to the opening of Summit Pacific, administration and I had a vision to create a nutrition services program and café that would incorporate many aspects of the Healthy Food in Healthcare pledge, such as refraining from the traditional deep fryer, or from serving soda pop in the café,” Chef and Nutrition Services manager, Brandon Smith shared, “But starting Friday, we are committing to making greater changes, changes that are more difficult to incorporate, but very worthwhile, such as offering less conventional meat dishes to allow for sourcing of grass fed, and antibiotic free proteins, and focusing more on showcasing locally grown meats and fresh produce in our menus.”

The Healthy Food in Healthcare Pledge encourages participating organizations to commit to nutrition practices that “first do no harm” and treat food and its production and distribution as preventive medicine by committing to support the procurement of local, nutritious, sustainably produced food. This can mean things such as buying more local produce, antibiotic free and grass fed meats, buying organic, providing nutrition education opportunities, etc.

The Farm Fresh Community Barbecue is open to the public and will feature a $5 barbecue chicken plate, made with local, grass fed chickens from G&H Pastured Poultry in McCleary.

Local farmers and produce suppliers are invited to set up booths to market and sell their goods. The event will wrap up at 2 p.m.


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