Since January 2016, over 30 stakeholder organizations have come together to bring the Good Food Purchasing Program to District institutions and to explore how we might apply the standards to DC’s unique context.
DC Public Schools led the way by adopting the Good Food Purchasing Program for their 114 schools and becoming the 9th school district in the country to do so. They completed their first baseline assessment for the 2018/19 school year and shared their results publically in this presentation. Currently, DCPS is in the process of developing a multi-year action plan with support from the DC Coalition to continue to better align their food purchasing with the GFPP values and standards.
In 2018, the DC Good Food Purchasing Program Coalition was also successful in incorporating the Program into the Healthy Students Amendment Act, making it so that DCPS must conduct an annual assessment to measure improved procurement practices in line with the Program’s values and standards. To learn more about the Coalition’s Mission, Objectives, and Action Plans for 2022 as well as Governance Structure and Bylaws, check out the Strategic Plan.
The Good Food Purchasing Program is also a priority for the DC Food Policy Council, which is exploring passage of a city-wide policy as well as elevating the Program in other local policies.