Objective:

Support the adoption and implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), a procurement framework that encourages public institutions to buy their food from suppliers that support the five following value areas: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare and nutrition. 

What is the Good Food Purchasing Program?

The Good Food Purchasing Program is a national program that helps cities and public institutions incorporate good food values into purchasing decisions.

  • The Program was developed using a food justice framework.
  • It is considered to be the most comprehensive food purchasing program in the country because of its equal emphasis on five values: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition.
  • It encourages the development of a grassroots coalition of people directly impacted by the food system, as well as supporters from across the food chain and five value categories. These coalitions provide support for adoption and remain engaged after adoption to encourage effective implementation.
  • The Center for Good Food Purchasing works with institutions that adopt the Good Food Purchasing Program to: (1) increase supply chain transparency, (2) provide third party, independent analysis to show how an institution’s current food purchases align with a set of holistic food procurement standards, (3) empower them with better information, and (4) leverage their buying power to drive change in the market.

Why Support the Good Food Purchasing Program?

The Good Food Purchasing Program offers the opportunity to leverage millions of dollars a year in institutional food purchases. For example, institutions that have adopted the Good Food Purchasing Program to date— including school districts and municipal agencies in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, and Chicago—spend nearly $300 million on food annually.

The Good Food Purchasing Program is a tool for: 

  • Strengthening regional food economies to create new, good-paying jobs
  • Reducing the environmental impacts of food production
  • Promoting fair treatment for food system workers and the humane treatment of animals
  • Encouraging healthy food procurement and preparation and a healthy food service environment
  • Supporting and expanding existing food system work already happening on the ground

Working Group Leadership Contact:

Elly Brown, Elly@sdfsa.org

Meghan Murphy, Meghan.Murphy@sdcounty.ca.gov

Shaun Martinez, Smartinez@teamster.org

Working Group Meetings:

Please contact the Working Group co-chairs above if you are interested in getting involved. 

Coalition Members:

UC San Diego Center for Community Health

Dickinson Farms

Teamsters Union

County of San Diego HHSA

Community Health Improvement Partners

Center for Good Food Purchasing

Food Chain Workers Alliance

Leah's Pantry

Farm Forward

ASPCA

Friends of the Earth