“The aggregated demand that came out of Los Angeles is one thing, but when you can take that same demand a replicate a fairly similar demand in Austin, in San Francisco, in Oakland, in Minneapolis – all of the sudden the total power of that process is really a different ballgame.”
Edwin Marty, Food Policy Manager, City of Austin

MEASURING IMPACT

Since implementation in 2012, Los Angeles Unified School District’s commitment to the Good Food Purchasing Program has demonstrated promising supply chain impacts. For the over 600,000 students the District serves, the following impacts were found:

LOCAL ECONOMIES

LOCAL SUPPLY CHAINS

  • $12 million re-directed to purchase local produce
  • 45 million annual servings of bread and rolls are now made from wheat grown sustainably in Central California, milled in downtown Los Angeles

NUTRITION & HEALTH

HEALTHIER, REFORMULATED PRODUCTS

  • Healthier, reformulated products including lower-sodium bread products made without high fructose corn syrup. See the PolicyLink Gold Star case study (PDF)

A VALUED WORKFORCE

GOOD JOB CREATION

  • 150 new well-paying food chain jobs created in Los Angeles County (See L.A. Times article) and the policy contributed to higher wages and improved working conditions for 160 truck drivers in LAUSD’s supply chain.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

  • $20 million five-year contract awarded for chicken produced free of routinely administered antibiotics.

ANIMAL WELFARE

LESS MEAT, BETTER MEAT

  • 15% decrease in meat spend due to implementing Meatless Mondays
SEE L.A. IMPACT STATS AT A GLANCE