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The Good Food Purchasing Program saw Victories from Coast to Coast in 2018

By February 21, 2019News

This year has brought exciting progress thanks to the ongoing leadership of diverse coalitions and grassroots leaders working hard around the country. 

We kicked off the year celebrating Teamsters Local 63 and Joint Council 42 leveraging GFPP to organize and win contracts for 170 warehouse workers in Los Angeles Unified School District’s supply chain. That means nearly 300 employees in LA County now have higher wages, better health benefits, and stronger workplace protections.

Over the summer, Chicago’s county seat became the first county ever to adopt the program. Thanks to local leadership, the Cook County resolution also prioritizes racial equity in their food procurement contracts that supports workers, communities, and enterprises through such incentives for:

  • Businesses located in and hiring from low-to-moderate income communities and persons with prior arrests and/or prison records;
  • Access to under-utilized and surplus County-owned land and buildings for minority-owned/controlled social enterprises and land trusts for farming and food processing; and,
  • Farms growing organically and using bio-intensive methods

Plus this month the efforts of the DC Coalition, led by DC Greens, ushered in their City Council voting unanimously for the school district’s ongoing participation in the Program. We now have 9 institutions that have officially adopted GFPP, impacting over $540 million dollars’ worth of public food purchases every year.

At the same time, the Boston Coalition–led by Corporate Accountability and supported by a team of leaders including UFCW Local 1445–has partnered with City Councilmember Michelle Wu to draft and introduce a GFPP ordinance for the city and its public schools that includes racial equity language similar to Cook County’s policy. The Boston City Council will vote on adoption in January.

We’re grateful to be working with local coalitions nationwide to ensure frontline workers and communities are at the forefront of this work, and we’re looking forward to seeing what victories next year brings!