The Center for Good Food Purchasing was created in 2015 to guide the national expansion of the Good Food Purchasing Program, which was developed and tested in Los Angeles in 2012. The Center works closely with national partners, local food policy councils and grassroots coalitions, administrators, and elected leaders in cities across the United States to build a cohesive movement in support of Good Food purchasing.
To support successful implementation over time, the Center manages the Good Food Purchasing Program, helping participating institutions to:
- establish supply chain transparency from farm to fork
- evaluate how current purchasing practices align with Good Food Purchasing Standards
- assist with goal setting and provide technical support in helping institutions achieve their goals
- measure progress annually
- celebrate institutional successes in shifting towards a values-based purchasing model.
The Center issues a Good Food Provider verification seal to participating institutions that meet baseline requirements across the five value categories.