Healthy Food Procurement

Implementing Procurement Policies for Healthier Food 

Across the region the epidemics of obesity and chronic disease threaten our heath and BC Health Dept Press Conferenceeconomy. These challenges are sparking new policies for institutions to serve healthier food. Broome County is a leader in New York State in implementing nutritious procurement standards developed by the NYS Council on Food Policy.

As part of a five-year grant awarded to the Broome County Health Department, Broome Central Foods, Meals on Wheels of Western Broome and YMCA of Broome County are working to ensure that the foods and beverages they serve are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. FaHN and Broome-Tioga BOCES are partners on the project.

FaHN is assisting with a multi-faceted communications plan to educate the public and elected officials, and has conducted a Community Assessment on Food Procurement Barriers for community organizations.

Want to learn more? Our guide on “The Case for Food Procurement Policies” discusses the benefits of supporting healthier food purchasing standards. You can view the publication here.

Resources:
Exploring Economic and Health Impacts of Local Food Procurement, Illinois Public Health Institute and Crossroad Resource Center.
A Report and Recommendations on Food Procurement Guidelines for New York State Council on Food Policy
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010
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