Every city’s efforts are different, but there are key features that are critical to a campaign’s success:
local multi-sector coalitions that reflect the five values and build local ownership and long-term relationships with institutions and regional suppliers to ensure local accountability and commitment
supportive administrators who are eager to measure and communicate the impact of their food purchases and committed to making even greater change
local political champions committed to using the public contracting process to ensure Good Food is a right and not a privilege for all of their constituents, and that food suppliers reflect an institution’s social and environmental values
For me, success in Good Food Purchasing is really about a transparency of our food system… our food system only becomes visible when something’s wrong. What the Good Food Purchasing Program can do is illuminate the good things that are happening throughout that food chain, help the general public understand what that looks like, and then therefore, through that more transparent process, be able to create a really simple translation of values into what that food looks like.
Edwin Marty, Food Policy Manager, City of Austin
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