The Good Food Purchasing Program is a way for public institutions like school districts, universities, hospitals, correctional facilities, and municipal departments to ensure that the food they buy supports their values. It provides a metric-based, flexible framework that encourages institutions to direct their buying power toward five core values: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition. The Good Food Purchasing Program is the first procurement model to support these food system values in equal measure. Learn more about the Program here.
The five core values of the Program are: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition. These values are built on the principles of equity, accountability, and transparency. Learn more here.
Regional food spend is the total dollar estimate that public institutions in a given municipality spend on food each year. Institutional food spend is the dollar estimate that a single institution (e.g., a school district) spends on food each year. If you don’t know your food spend, that’s okay: you can select your region’s population, and a suggested food spend will appear. Suggested food spends are based on the population and average food budget for municipalities enrolled in the Good Food Purchasing Program. Note that the estimated spend does not include federal, state, or private institutional food expenditures within a region, and you may choose to replace the suggested food spend figure with a figure that better reflects your region or institution.
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