This summer at MAP, college interns Marissa and Girard, worked on bringing a national initiative called the Good Food Purchasing Program to the Buffalo Public Schools by introducing the program to MAP’s teenage youth employees.
Between cooking, gardening, canvassing, visiting local farms, and visiting the Buffalo Public School (BPS) Food Commissary, Marissa and Girard introduced teenage employees hired for MAP’s summer jobs to basic concepts and the five values of the Good Food Purchasing Program.
Based on what they learned from Marissa and Girard, the teenagers determined their personal interests related to the Good Food Purchasing Program and came up with goals they would like to see fulfilled through bringing the initiative to the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS). The teens then worked in small groups to record their interests and goals in podcasts at the downtown library.
Below are the podcasts they made, each one lasting around 60-seconds. Feel free to listen and we hope you enjoy!
#MAPYouth Kayla, Gabe, and Adian ask Boulevard Produce to help decrease the amount of truck traffic by increasing the amount of local food purchased and sold to Buffalo Public Schools (BPS):
#MAPYouth Angelica, Jose, Eddi, and Puja ask the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) Food Service Department to help increase the number of students who read nutrition labels by publicly posting nutrition facts for meals in the school cafeterias.
#MAPYouth Nina, Yeshalie, and Gabby inform BPS cafeteria workers that the Good Food Purchasing Program can help them get paid a living wage.
#MAPYouth Daniel, Jihad, and Myo ask the BPS Food Commissary to purchase more food grown without pesticides to prevent the killing of bees and increase the nutritional value of the food served.
#MAPYouth Win, RJ, and Harriette ask Tyson Chicken to improve conditions for animals and workers in farms serving BPS cafeterias.
#MAPYouth Aking, Peter, and Frances ask environmental justice organizations to help reduce on-farm energy consumption, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and increase biodiversity by encouraging the BPS Food Service Department to increase the amount of food purchased and served in school cafeterias that is pesticide and hormone-free.
Shouldn’t Public Food Dollars Reflect Public Values?
April 18, 2017 Update
The Good Food Purchasing Program is a national initiative that seeks to transform the way public institutions purchase food by creating a transparent and equitable food system built on five core values: local economies, health, valued workforce, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability. The Program is the first procurement model in the country to support these food system values in equal measure and provides a flexible framework in developing a values-based supply chain that works in tandem with existing efforts to expand good food in the region.
On Tuesday, April 18, Massachusetts Avenue Project, Grassroots Gardens, the Crossroads Collective, the WNY Environmental Alliance, and other local organizations met with the Food Chain Workers Alliance for an informational meeting on how to bring the Good Food Purchasing Program to Buffalo. The meeting included a meal featuring menu items from the BPS Child Nutrition Services’ Farm-to-School program, a local initiative that demonstrates a commitment to several of the values identified in the Good Food Purchasing Program.
- Click here to watch an introductory video about the program;
- Click here to visit the Center for Good Food Purchasing website; and
- Click here to learn more about the program from Diana and Christina of the Food Chain Workers Alliance.
For more information on bringing the Good Food Purchasing Program to Buffalo, contact Rebekah (at) mass-ave.org.