San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Launching a Regional Approach to Improve How Institutions Access Food


woman buying food

The nationwide Good Food Purchasing Program is the first of its kind to encourage large institutions to direct their buying power toward five core values: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare and nutrition. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the institutions participating in this important program — including schools, hospitals and jails — spend more than a combined $40 million annually on food. How can they work in tandem with local farmers, distributors, advocates and government to leverage their purchasing dollars to establish a better regionally-based food system? Come hear from some of the leaders of this colossal undertaking on the new strategy they plan to implement in order to achieve this paramount goal.

  • Colleen McKinney / Center for Good Food Purchasing
  • Katie Ettman / SPUR
  • Alexandra Emmot / San Francisco Unified School District
  • Courtney Crenshaw / Healthcare Without Harm

Co-presented by the Good Food Purchasing Program



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