We believe that partnering with our state’s public and private institutions is critical to advancing our goal towards building a sustainable, equitable, and health-promoting food environment.
Institutions such as schools, hospitals, higher education, and more, all play a critical role in our goal by increasing the purchasing of healthy, local foods.
Nationally, institutional food-service facilities supply upwards of $120 billion a year purchasing their raw and prepared foods and beverages. (ERS 2016a) 1
Research has shown that for every dollar a school spends on local foods, it can add anywhere between $1.60 and $3.12 to the local economy. Imagine if every institution in our state did the same! (Christensen et al. 2017; Roche et al. 2016; Kane et al. 2010) 234
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1 Economic Research Service (ERS). 2016a. Food expenditures. Washington, DC: US Department of Agriculture. Online at www. ers.usda.gov/dataproducts/food-expenditures.aspx, accessed February 15, 2018.
2 Christensen, L.O., B. Jablonski, L. Stephens, and A. Joshi. 2017. Economic impacts of farm to school case studies and assessment tools. Fort Collins, CO, and Chicago, IL: Colorado State University and National Farm to School Network. Online at www.farmtoschool.org/ Resources/EconomicImpactReport.pdf, accessed October 17, 2017.
3 Kane, D., S. Kruse, M.M. Ratcliffe, S.A. Sobell, and N. Tessman. 2010. The impact of seven cents. Portland, OR: Ecotrust. Online at https://ecotrust.org/media/7-Cents-Report_FINAL_110630.pdf, accessed October 3, 2017.
4 Roche, E., F. Becot, J. Kolodinsky, and D. Conner. 2016. Economic contribution and potential impact of local food purchases made by Vermont schools. Burlington, VT: University of Vermont Center for Rural Studies. Online at http://agriculture.vermont.gov/sites/ag/files/ CRS_Economic%20Contribution%20of%20Farm%20to%20School_ FINAL.pdf, accessed October 2, 2017