San Francisco recently became the second city in the country to formally adopt the Good Food Purchasing Program through a board resolution. The San Francisco Unified School District, which serves 6 million meals per year and spends $11 million on food annually, unanimously approved the district’s participation in the Good Food Purchasing Program on May 24, 2016.
In less than two months time and with leadership from Teamsters Joint Council 7, a coalition of cross-sector organizations worked together to cultivate leadership from school board members, including lead author Commissioner Sandra Lee Fewer, along with co-sponsors Board President Matt Haney, Commissioner Shamann Walton, and Commissioner Rachel Horton, collect letters of support from over one dozen organizations and turn out an impressive cross-sector group of speakers to the board hearing including a student leader, high school teacher, and farm worker, as well as labor and animal welfare advocates and more. Public comment was followed by enthusiastic endorsements and support from the board members.
The San Francisco Unified School District will begin working with the Center for Good Food Purchasing in fall 2016 to conduct a baseline assessment of how their current food purchases align with the Good Food Purchasing Standards and develop a multi-year action plan, as outlined in the Board resolution. Nutrition Services will report back to the board on the District’s progress within six months from when the baseline assessment is initiated.
LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED
- Teamsters Joint Council 7
- Bi-Rite Market
- Community Alliance With Family Farmers
- Farm Forward
- Food Chain Workers Alliance
- The Humane Society of the United States
- Mission High School
- Real Food Media
- Roots of Change
- Slow Food San Francisco
- SPUR (San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association)
- Union of Concerned Scientists
- United Educators of San Francisco
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