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Center for Good Food Purchasing to present at Whatcom Food Network forum Nov. 17

Nov 1st, 2016 | Category: News

All are invited to attend the Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum where the Center for Good Food Purchasing, a national organization for value-centered procurement and food system transformation, will be presenting on Nov. 17.

The Whatcom Food Network is composed of various agencies, organizations, and stakeholders interested in working to strengthen the local and regional food system. The Food Network hosts two forums each year to help the organizations involved connect and to increase awareness of the broader work being done.

The Center for Good Food Purchasing will be presenting on the power of procurement and potential impacts of values-based purchasing. The Center was instrumental in developing policy that transformed how the entire Los Angeles School District bought and served food. Every student now has access to fresh, healthy, and well-balanced meals. The policy, which directs millions of dollars, is built around five overarching values: local economies, environmental sustainability, fair labor, animal welfare, and healthy food. On Nov. 17 they will be sharing the history behind their work, what current impacts of the policy have been, and how this has been adopted by other diverse communities around the country.

In addition to discussing institutional purchasing, the Fall Forum will also feature a towards zero food waste session by Mark Peterson, local waste industry expert. Attendees can learn about the challenges and opportunities currently surrounding organic food waste in our county.

There will also be time for participants to network and lead, or participate in, relevant discussions on varying local food system topics. The Fall Forum is free, but attendees must RSVP through the link provided as space is limited.

The Forum will be held from 1-5 p.m. in The Garden Room, Whatcom County Public Works Building, 322 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham. For more information, visit whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/foodnetwork or call (360) 647-7093. Updates are also available on the Whatcom Food Network’s Facebook page.

For more information about the Center for Good Food Purchasing, check out goodfoodpurchasing.org or their Facebook page.

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