A Year in Good Food - San Diego Food System Alliance 2018 Annual Report

Individually we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.  - Ryunosuke Satoro

We believe in the power of collaboration. As an Alliance, we are working towards a common vision of Good Food for San Diego County. Together, we have the unique ability to overcome challenges by building partnerships, influencing policy and catalyzing transformation in our food system. We are breaking down silos and strengthening the capacity of the individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and public institutions in our network. 

As we come to the close of 2018, I look back on all we have accomplished together and am inspired by the work of our passionate members, partners and supporters. We took great strides towards building a healthy, equitable and sustainable food system for San Diego County. And we couldn't have done it without you! Following are some highlights:

Launched San Diego Good Food Purchasing Program coalition  with 20 local and national partners to campaign for the adoption of the Good Food Purchasing Policy (GFPP), a procurement framework that encourages institutional food buying based on local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare and nutrition.

  • Reached over 2 million impressions with 100 partners for Save the Food San Diego, a county-wide campaign in partnership with NRDC and Ad Council to build awareness around food waste and encourage food waste reduction in households. 

  • Launched Smart Kitchens San Diego, a project to track and reduce food waste in 15 large San Diego institutions (including Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Palomar Hospital, Park Hyatt Aviara, Petco Park, UC San Diego and Viejas Casino)

  • Organized 3 community events with over 500 attendees this year, including a Healthy Food Access Forum and our fourth annual Food Waste Solution Summit. We also celebrated the Smart Kitchens San Diego capacity-building recipients, 4 local organizations that received a cargo van or refrigeration unit to better serve their clients.

The list of our collective accomplishments is extensive, too long to fit in this annual report. I am proud of our growth and humbly appreciate that these successes are due to the support of our Voting Members, Executive Committee, Working Group Members, committed funders, dedicated staff and passionate community members who bring value to our Alliance every step of the way. Thank you for your continued partnership and innovation!

As we look towards 2019, we have some very exciting initiatives that will move our region towards a collective Good Food Vision. We will focus on equity and inclusion, to ensure that all voices are heard and incorporated into our food system work, and we will further engage stakeholders in strategic planning for San Diego County's food system. Please join us in these important processes as we continue to work towards Good Food for our planet and all people in San Diego County

In solidarity,

Elly Brown
Alliance Director
San Diego Food System Alliance

Download our full 2018 Annual Report to read more about our work and impact.