Yesterday, the nationwide movement toward local adoption of the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP) gained even more ground as the San Francisco Unified School District became the latest institution to sign on. The San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the GFPP, which the ASPCA is actively supporting in cities around the country.
The goal of GFPP is to help school systems, municipalities, and other entities with massive purchasing power source food that meets five value criteria: animal welfare, nutrition, support for local economies, worker justice and safety, and environmental sustainability.
The GFPP’s animal welfare aspect addresses the conditions in which farm animals are raised for meat, milk and egg products. It relies largely on third party-audited animal welfare certification programs, which are important for ensuring both welfare and transparency, and has the potential to beneficially impact millions of animals’ lives.
The ASPCA is collaborating with many other sectors—including health, environmental, educational, and labor—to pass the GFPP in cities and school systems around the country. Last year, we helped secure a renewed GFPP commitment by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). To date, both the LAUSD and the City of Los Angeles have adopted the GFPP, and conversations have begun in other cities as well.
Please stay tuned for further news about GFPP efforts in particular cities. If you’re not already signed up, be sure to join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade so we can alert you should we need support for GFPP in your home city!