San Francisco Public School District Adopts Good Food Purchasing Program
Press Contact: Gentle Blythe
May 25, 2016 (San Francisco, Ca)– The San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), a metric based framework and set of tools that guides organizations to direct their buying power toward suppliers. This meets five interconnected values: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare and nutrition. The Good Food Purchasing Program works with institutions to establish supply chain transparency from farm to fork, evaluates how current purchasing practices align with a set of standards, assists with goal setting, measures progress, and celebrates institutional successes in shifting toward a values based purchasing model. “In adopting this program, the San Francisco Unified School District voted to lead the nation in using procurement dollars to reflect the values of our district and our city in the areas of local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare and nutrition. It is absolutely the right thing to do,” said Commissioner Sandra Lee Fewer, the resolution’s lead sponsor. The adoption of GFPP enhances existing SFUSD student nutrition initiatives that aim to ensure every SFUSD student has access to healthy meals so that no child is hungry and increases and improves participation in the student dining experience.