San Francisco Bay Area

Institutions Unite Region Around Shared Purchasing Values

Institutions across the Bay Area have worked for years to build robust farm to institution supply chains. A number of jurisdictions have since committed to the Good Food Purchasing Program as a holistic framework for food purchasing decisions, including the city and county of San Francisco, Alameda county, and Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, and West Contra Costa Unified School Districts. This regional momentum shows no signs of slowing, as more institutions are poised to come on board.


Race Demographics:
7% Black / 1% Indigenous / 30% Asian / 0.7% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander / 57% White (37% non-Hispanic) / 5% Two or More Races / 23% Hispanic

Poverty Rate:

Free and Reduced Lunch Rate:
Berkeley Unified School District: 27%
San Francisco Unified School District: 48%
Oakland Unified School District: 71%
West Contra Costa Unified School District: 66%

Estimated Public Food Spend:

Local Leadership:
San Francisco Good Food Coalition, Oakland Good Food Coalition

Curious to see where Bay Area institutions can invest their public food dollars locally? Use the map’s radius distance slider (left) to see how purchasing within a 50 mile, 250 mile, or 500 mile radius looks.

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Participation in the Good Food Purchasing Program by all public Bay Area institutions could*:

Create 106 local jobs equivalent to $5.28 million in annual local wages

Schools and hospitals across the Bay Area are leveraging farm-to-institution programs to bolster the local economy.

Reduce pesticides annually by 3,630 pounds

Alameda and San Francisco counties have identified food purchasing as a key strategy for reducing the region’s environmental footprint.

Increase transparency in food purchasing

Participating San Francisco institutions report annually on progress toward their Good Food Purchasing Program goals to foster public engagement.

*Impacts are calculated based on estimated annual regional food spend. These are the estimated impacts of increasing 30% of current spending on local products, without changing total food spend, and replacing spending on five commonly purchased conventional produce items (corn, broccoli, oranges, peaches, and pears) with organic produce. For additional detail, download the methodology.

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"The San Francisco Bay Area is famous for farm to table restaurants, world renowned wine, and mission burritos among many other culinary traditions. But until recently the region's schools, hospitals, and correctional facilities weren't always able to pay the same care and attention to food service that gained the region critical acclaim. The adoption of the Good Food Purchasing Policy has helped change this as food service directors have taken charge and committed to specific improvements in food purchasing to reach the broader goals of a healthy, sustainable, and fair local food system."

Two women standing behind food displayKatie Ettman - Food and Agriculture Policy Manager, SPUR

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