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 and the City of Chicago followed soon after with adoption in October 2017.
In May 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.