The Los Angeles Good Food Purchasing Program: Changing Local Food Systems, One School, Supplier, and Farmer at a Time


Year: 2015

In 2011-2012, the Los Angeles Food Policy Council developed the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), an innovative local food procurement policy aimed at building markets for good food to create an equitable food system for all of Los Angeles. Developed through a participatory process that engaged over 100 stakeholders and procurement experts, GFPP commits major government institutions to a set of purchasing guidelines that are unique in their equal emphasis on five food system values.

  • The Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP) was developed in 2012 to encourage public institutions to procure food produced through values-driven purchasing standards.
  • Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)’s adoption of GFPP has increased demand for equitably produced products, catalyzing shifts in distributor and producer practices and impacting the larger food system.
  • In 2014-15, 81 percent of wheat products purchased by LAUSD were distributed by Gold Star Foods and made with sustainable, California-grown, Shepherd’s Grain wheat.1
  • Gold Star Foods gained 65 new jobs and supports the annual purchase of 160,000 annual bushels of wheat from Shepherd’s Grain through their bakery and milling partners.