By Kaitlin Haskins, Communications Manager (outgoing)

Posted July 16, 2015


Food Service Baseline Assessment

Benchmarking the Purchase of Local Food by Institutional Food Service

Take our survey to help benchmark the use of local food by dining services across New England and beyond!

Are you a dining director, administrator, sustainability coordinator or someone else involved in food service at an institution in New England? We invite you to take our local food benchmarking survey. We're currently looking for representatives from colleges, K-12 schools, hospitals, pre-schools, childcare agencies, prisons, elder care homes and other institutions to complete a brief questionnaire in order to benchmark the use of local, regional, and sustainable products in dining services.

This survey is being conducted by FINE's Contracted Food Service Action Project, through which we'll be spending the next three months exploring the details of food service operations at colleges, schools, hospitals and other institutions in New England. This baseline assessment is a brief, confidential survey that will take you about 15 minutes to complete. It will ask about basic information related to your dining services. All responses will be kept confidential and featured only as aggregated or blinded data in the report.  We hope to receive all survey responses by August 7, 2015.


This research will help inform our efforts to provide technical assistance to institutions who wish to expand their procurement of local, regional, and sustainable foods. Our survey results will be evaluated and analyzed by an external researcher who is working with other institutions across the region to help us better understand contracted food services in New England. Your input will help us get the best possible picture of New England’s institutional food system, but your participation is entirely voluntary and will not affect your partnerships with FINE in any way.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact our researcher, Emily Edmonds, at [email protected]. Thanks so much for your continued leadership in forging a healthy food system in New England!

To learn more about the Contracted Food Service Action Project, visit