Good Food Purchasing Program, Boston, Massachusetts

Jurisdiction Name: Boston
State/Province: MA
Country: United States
Type of Government: Municipality
Population: 617,594
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Links: WebPDF
Policy type: ordinance
Year: 2019
GFC Topic: community food connections, community food production, community food security
Keywords: annual food procurement reporting, buy local, city agency food standards, economic investment, environmental sustainability, equitable, food procurement, food production, food purchasing, health, local economy, local food purchasing policy
Adopting Government Department(s):

Boston City Council

Lead Implementing Entity(s): City of Boston departments and agencies
Support Entity(s):

Boston Public Schools

Funding Amount: n/a
Funding Sources: n/a
Policy Outcome(s):

The Good Food Purchasing Program, developed by the Center for Good Food Purchasing and implemented through an Ordinance Regarding Good Food Purchasing Standards in the City of Boston, requires the city (all city agencies, but primarily relevant to Boston Public Schools) to meet higher standards for nutrition, animal welfare, environmental sustainability and fair labor when making food purchases. The program seeks to bring greater transparency in the food purchasing process, to support support vendors that invest in disadvantaged and minority communities, to address ongoing inequities and issues caused by unequal access to resources in local minority, disabled, and/or women-owned businesses, and to boost the local economy while making a more equitable food system.

Additional Resources and Information: Link 1