GROW LOCAL JOBS & WAGES

When local economies prosper, we all benefit. Food is no exception. Every dollar spent on locally-produced and manufactured foods stimulates healthy and resilient economies. Through supply chains that prioritize investment in locally-owned farms and food businesses, institutions contribute to strong and equitable local and regional food economies, especially when investments prioritize producers and business owners of color that have been historically excluded.

Strategies

Increase local purchases

Sourcing from regional growers and food businesses ensures those food dollars will support local farms, create jobs, enable greater transparency, and build community. 

Implement a farm to institution program

Farm to institution programs combine procurement, gardens, and education to help kids, families, and communities engage with and learn about their local food system while providing farmers with new markets for their products.

Diversify your suppliers

By adopting supplier diversification strategies, institutions can proactively address market barriers for historically excluded food and farm business owners and create more resilient and mutually beneficial relationships with their suppliers.

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Increased investment in locally-produced foods could also:

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