The City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District became the first institutions to adopt Good Food Purchasing Policies in 2012. With commitments to social and environmental goals spanning successive administrations over the last decade, institutional purchasing power directed toward local and sustainable producers continues to have significant impacts on the region’s food system.
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Create 106 local jobs equivalent to $5.28 million in annual local wages
Los Angeles institutions invest in local jobs by prioritizing purchasing from regional suppliers and manufacturers.
Reduce annual carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 48.2 million pounds
Los Angeles’ Green New Deal identifies food purchasing as a central strategy for reducing environmental footprint.
Local union leaders credit the school district’s commitment to a valued workforce as a key driver in winning a union contract at a food distribution company.
"As a city, Los Angeles is the combined populations of Chicago and Philadelphia. As a county, we are the combined populations of New York City, Austin, and Seattle. This translates into a lot of purchasing power and a large carbon footprint. With our public dollars, we can invest in our local economies, support our communities with healthier options, and combat climate change all at the same time. The Good Food Purchasing Program offers a high return on investment for both people and the planet, locally and globally."
Christine Tran - Executive Director, Los Angeles Food Policy Council
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