How can institutions and businesses use strategic food purchasing to improve community health and advance health equity? Our collection of procurement resources provides a framework for how large-scale food purchasing can contribute to a more just food system.
Because large institutions — like government agencies, corporations, schools, and hospitals — purchase food and beverages in vast quantities, they are a fundamental part of the US food system. When these institutions make purchasing decisions based on community values, they can support nutritious food access, the local economy, fair labor practices, environmental sustainability, animal welfare, and minority-owned businesses.
Businesses, school districts, hospitals, and local governments can set standards for food and beverage procurement. Through procurement, they can positively influence key contributors to health equity at multiple points in the food system.
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