STORIES & SUCCESSES
The adoption and implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Program is currently being explored in multiple cities. The work of developing, adopting and upholding the Program—regardless of the city—is supported by the Center for Good Food Purchasing, along with national and local partners within each city. Here are a few examples of Good Food Purchasing efforts underway:
= ACTIVE CAMPAIGNS
= POLICY ADOPTIONS
To date, the Good Food Purchasing Program has been adopted by:
- Los Angeles Unified School District (2012)
- City of Los Angeles (2012)
- San Francisco Unified School District (2016)
- Oakland Unified School District (2016)
- Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, the City of Chicago (2017)
- Cook County, Illinois (2018)
- Washington DC Public Schools (2019)
- Cincinnati Public Schools (2019)
- City of Boston—includes Boston Public Schools (2019)
- Austin Independent School District (2019)
See below for selected media from several of these cities.
The Good Food Purchasing Program was developed by the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and tested in Los Angeles beginning in 2012 with the adoption by the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The Los Angeles Good Food Purchasing Program impacts 750,000 meals a day and has shifted millions of dollars toward suppliers aligned with Program values. Learn more about early Program impacts in LA here.
San Francisco recently became the second city to formally adopt the Good Food Purchasing Program through policy. The San Francisco Unified School District, which serves 6 million meals per year, unanimously approved the district’s participation in the Good Food Purchasing Program on May 24, 2016.
In 2014, Oakland Unified School District, with support and endorsement from the Oakland Food Policy Council, became the first institution outside of Los Angeles to participate in the Good Food Purchasing Program. In November 2016, Oakland Unified School District Board of Education formally adopted the Good Food Purchasing Program.
The Chicago Food Policy Action Council (CFPAC) worked with the Mayor’s Office to bring the Good Food Purchasing Program to Chicago. In June 2017, Chicago Public Schools adopted the Program putting over $80 million to work to improve the food system and impacting 380,000 students, followed soon after by the Chicago Parks District and the City of Chicago later that same year. In 2018, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to adopt the Good Food Purchasing Program thanks to leadership from Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and ongoing organizing led by CFPAC.
ONGOING EFFORTS & PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS
Learn more about Good Food Purchasing efforts underway in these cities: