By Kaitlin Haskins, Communications Manager (outgoing)

Posted October 15, 2015


Tiered-Buying Resources for Institutions

New Resources Help Institutions Buy More Local Food & Market Their Programs

Vermont FEED and NOFA-VT have just released research-backed resources to help institutions develop local food buying programs and market these programs to their customers, administrators and staff. Their new resource suite includes two parts: (1) a worksheet to guide institutions through creating a local and values-based purchasing plan and (2) posters to help them promote their commitments to buying food from their community, state or region. 

Abbie Nelson and Erin Buckwalter of NOFA-VT hosted a webinar on October 15th to walk people through their new tools. We've compiled a list of our ten takeaways from their webinar.

Top 10 Lessons on Tiered Buying for Institutions:

  1. Institutions buy local food because it supports the local economy and increases participation in meal plans
  2. Schools and hospitals value nutrition and health
  3. Universities value humane and fair
  4. K-12 schools are the most cost-concious and the least flexible; they care about cost and quality
  5. Universities are the most responsive to consumer demand
  6. Customers care about cost, convenience, origin and familiarity of the food
  7. Regional sourcing is a great supplement to local sourcing
  8. Buying New England food can potentially improve food resilience, farm viability and farmland preservation
  9. Regional food is often more humane, fair and healthful; it provides greater variety and higher quality in season
  10. Tiered buying is a great way to structure your local food buying program (your county, your state, your region)

Visit NOFA-VT's website to download their worksheet and posters >