New Policy Brief on Good Food Purchasing for the Buffalo Public Schools

June 26, 2018

New Policy Brief on Good Food Purchasing for the Buffalo Public Schools

This new policy brief provides a snapshot of the current status of school food at Buffalo Public Schools and several ongoing school food improvement initiatives.

Framed within the Good Food Purchasing Program’s core values (local economies, nutrition, labor, environmental sustainability, and animal welfare), this brief documents success thus far and assesses where there is room for improvement. It recommends that Buffalo Public Schools expand scratch cooking, encourage whole-district engagement, and enhance collaboration with community.

This policy brief was drafted by Jessica Gilbert, research associate at PPG and PhD Candidate in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Geography. It summarizes the key points of a more extensive policy report by the same name, released by PPG in spring 2018.

Also this spring, stakeholders throughout the city have united to form the Good Food Buffalo Coalition, which is comprised of partners representing all five Good Food Purchasing Program values. The Good Food Buffalo Coalition was initiated by the food justice working group of the Crossroads Collective, which is comprised of nine organizations working at the intersection of climate justice with economic and racial justice in western New York.