The Oakland, California Unified School District recently made news by adopting a Good Food Procurement Program (GFPP). What is this?
The Center for Good Food Purchasing explains that a GFPP is a tool that helps public institutions (like schools) contribute to and benefit from a healthy food system. This is important in cities like Washington, DC, which spend millions of dollars on food purchases each year.
The five core values of a GFPP are local economies, health, valued workforce, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability. The rights of workers, the sustainability of farming practices, and the value of whole, unprocessed foods for our kids are prioritized with a program like this. School districts that adopt a GFPP seek to promote health and well-being by offering generous portions of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and minimally processed foods, while reducing salt, added sugars, saturated fats, and red meat consumption, and eliminating artificial additives.
What does any of this have to do with DC? The city is currently considering the nomination of Antwan Wilson for the position of Chancellor of DC Public Schools. Mr. Wilson most recently served as Superintendent of what school district? Oakland Unified. We’d like to reach out to the DC City Council and to Mr. Wilson himself to let them know that the values of a Good Food Purchasing Program are values we support.
If you are interested in providing input into Mr. Wilson’s confirmation process, consider reaching out to the Committee on Education, which is holding roundtables on the issue. The next roundtable is December 8, 2016. If you wish to testify in person, you may sign-up online at http://bit.do/educationhearings. The witness list will close for each roundtable 24-hours prior to the start of the roundtable. You are encouraged, but not required, to submit 10 copies of your written testimony at the roundtable. If you are speaking on your own behalf, you should limit your testimony to three minutes; if you are representing an organization, you should limit your testimony to five minutes (unless there are multiple people representing the same organization).
If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements can be submitted by 5 pm on December 12, 2016, and will be made a part of the official record. Written statements can be submitted via email to email@example.com or mailed to:
Committee on Education
Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 116
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
Here’s to GOOD FOOD!