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Chicago: Buy Good Food for Our Kids!

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Chicago: Buy Good Food for Our Kids!

To be delivered to Rahm Emmanuel, Mayor

Petition Statement

The undersigned request the creation of a Good Food Purchasing Policy (GFPP), by City of Chicago ordinance, to require the Department of Procurement Services and other city agencies to only purchase food and food services from companies providing Good Food, defined as food that is:

1. Local – purchasing from local producers, processors, and foodservice providers strengthens our economy and communities
2. Healthy – food that is naturally nutritious, safe, and delicious
3. Fair – reflects fair working conditions for all workers in the food chain, including higher living wages for food system workers
4. Sustainable – reflects decreased environmental impact
5. Humane – animals that are treated humanely produce healthier, safer food
There are currently 285 signatures. NEW goal - We need 300 signatures!

Petition Background

• The City should also move toward Food Justice Certification for all food suppliers and food service contractors.

• The City should likewise increase the percentage of Minority- and Women-Owned Enterprises for all food-related contracts.

• The Good Food Procurement Policy can be the means by which to satisfy the City’s goals of supporting businesses and social enterprises that produce and distribute healthy food, as put forth in the City’s “Healthy Chicago” program.

• Work with the Chicago Food Policy Action Council to establish a technical committee to create the GFPP implementation process, including setting required guidelines to be met by food suppliers and service contractors in the areas of Environmental Sustainability, Valued Workforce, Animal Welfare and Nutrition.

• Assign the Chicago Food Policy Action Council the authority to monitor City food contractors for compliance and provide the information needed for the City of Chicago to remove contractors for non-compliance.

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