Giving Compass’ Take:
• Large institutions in New Orleans are not harnessing the value of local, farms in the region. However, a new analysis says procurement from these farms contributes to an equitable, resilient local food economy.
• How can donors help support organizations that encourage eating local?
The result of a three-year long collaborative study on the potential of institutional procurement in New Orleans was recently released by Propeller, a New Orleans-based nonprofit that supports social and environmental entrepreneurs; the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee; and the Wallace Center at Winrock International, a nonprofit organization working on agriculture, environment, and social development projects. The report, Farm to Institution New Orleans: Feasibility and Pilot Study, analyzes the pathways towards a more equitable, resilient local food economy.
Conducted with local food system stakeholders, the report outlines the opportunities and challenges of each step of the institutional food value chain. The report intends to increase the involvement of small and medium-sized producers in institutional procurement with attention to farmers of color who continue to face lingering impacts of systemic racial inequalities and financial exclusion.
Kristine Creveling, Senior Food Program Manager at Propeller, spoke to Food Tank about the report. “It’s about holding our institutions accountable for changing purchasing policies to be for the common good” and building a values-based food system that represents and supports the same community members who use local institutions. The “common good” Kristine explains, includes “food that is locally produced, healthier for customers, while also being environmentally and economically sound.”
Read the full article on creating a resilient local food economy by Cara Weber at Food Tank.
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