The City of Chicago passed a resolution to adopt the Good Food Purchasing Program on October 11, 2017! The Chicago Food Policy Action Council (CFPAC) has been working with the Mayor’s Office to bring the Good Food Purchasing Program to Chicago over the past three years and building support for the policy through a local coalition made of a broad representation of the voices of Chicago’s food system.
In July 2016, the Mayor appointed a task-force to work towards implementation of the policy city-wide. We’ve been meeting with a number of public officials from a variety of city agencies that are responsible for food purchasing with the goal to get a full implementation of the Program in all city agencies.
Chicago Park District ran a pilot during the 2016 summer program that reached hundreds of thousands and impact over $5 million in food purchases. In June 2017, the Chicago Public School Board voted to adopt the Good Food Purchasing Program as part of its wellness policy. Efforts are underway to engage Cook County commissioners about the impact the Program could have county-wide.
Cook County Adoption
May 16, 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 Chicago Food Policy Action Council. Congrats to all who have played a role in this victory! The momentum in Illinois is unstoppable.
City of Chicago Adoption
In October 2017, the City of Chicago passed a resolution to adopt the Good Food Purchasing Program. The Chicago Food Policy Action Council (CFPAC) has been working with the Mayor’s Office to bring the Good Food Purchasing Program to Chicago over the past three years. Congrats to all who have played a role in this victory!
Chicago Public Schools Adoption
In June 2017, Chicago Public Schools adopted the Program putting over $80 million to work to improve the food system impacting 380,000 students. The Chicago Parks District is piloting the Good Food Purchasing Program with support from the Center for Good Food Purchasing and then aiming to expand to other City departments and sister agencies within Chicago and Cook County.
LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED
- Chicago Food Policy Action Council
- Advocates for Urban Agriculture
- Chicago Community and Workers Rights
- Chicago Fair Trade
- Chicago Jobs with Justice
- Cook County PLACE MATTERS
- Crate Free Illinois
- Dill Pickle Food Co-op
- Door to Door Organics
- Fair World Project
- Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project -FLAP
- Food & Water Watch
- Food Chain Workers Alliance
- Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition
- Growing Power, Inc.
- Healthy Schools Campaign
- Illinois Stewardship Alliance
- Latino Union
- Logan Square Farmers Market
- National Employment Law Project
- Real Food Challenge
- ROC Chicago
- Rogers Park Food Co-op
- Seven Generations Ahead
- Shared Harvest The Elgin Food Cooperative
- Slow Food Chicago
- Society for Obesity Awareness & Prevention
- Southside Organization for Unity and Liberation
- Sugar Beet Food Co-op
- The Praxis Project
- United Electrical Workers Western Region
- Urban Medicine Program UIC College of Medicine
- Warehouse Workers for Justice
- Women Employed
- Workers Center For Racial Justice