40 hospitals in MD, DC and N. VA purchased close to $30,000 worth of local food during Buy Local Week in 2011!  

The Buy Local Challenge, a statewide and national BLC Logocampaign in which consumers, institutions and businesses pledge to eat or serve at least 1 local food each day during Buy Local Week, was a great success in 2011 from July 23-31!
Hosted by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, this annual campaign is supported by the MD Department of Agriculture and kicked off by Governor Martin O’Malley with the Buy Local Cook-out.
Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (MD H2E) adapted this campaign to the health care sector in 2008 and it was piloted in other regions of the U.S. in 2011.

Press Release Hospitals Across the Region Increase Local, Sustainable Food Purchases in 2011

Pictures & Stories:  MD H2E Sustainable Food Newsletter – January 2012

Media Coverage:  Media Coverage of Healthier Hospital Food


Congratulations to the top performing facilities in 2011:

Highest Total Dollars spent on Local Foods:
Union Hospital of Cecil County — $5,482
Meritus Medical Center — $2, 187
Calvert Memorial Hospital — $1,810

Highest % of employees taking the pledge:
Union Hospital of Cecil County– 9%
Upper Chesapeake Medical Center — 7%
Western Maryland Regional Medical Center– 6%

Highest Total Number of Participants:
Western Maryland Regional Medical Center — 170
Upper Chesapeake Medical Center — 153
Union Hospital of Cecil County — 82


Thank you to all of our participating hospitals!

Anne Arundel Medical Center
Atlantic General Hospital
Baltimore Washington Medical Center
Bon Secours Hospital
Calvert Memorial Hospital
Carroll Hospital Center
Chester River Hospital Center
Civista Medical Center
Doctors Community Hospital
Franklin Square Hospital Center
Frederick Memorial Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital
Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Harbor Hospital
Harford Memorial Hospital
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Kaiser Permanente
Maryland General Hospital
Mercy Medical Center
Meritus Medical Center
Montgomery General Hospital
Mt. Washington Pediatric Center
Oak Crest
Peninsula Regional Medical Center
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Saint Agnes Hospital
St. Joseph Medical Center
St. Mary’s Hospital
Suburban Hospital
Union Hospital of Cecil County
Union Memorial Hospital
University of Maryland Medical Center
Upper Chesapeake Medical Center
Western Maryland Regional Medical Center

District of Columbia

Children’s National Medical Center
National Rehabilitation Hospital
Washington Hospital Center


Inova Alexandria Hospital
Inova Fairfax Hospital


For More Information, Contact:

Louise Mitchell
Sustainable Foods Program Manager,  Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
Regional Organizer, Healthy Food in Health Care Program, Health Care Without Harm

University of Maryland School of Nursing
Baltimore, MD


For Information on the Buy Local Challenge, Visit: www.buy-local-challenge.com.