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Info on becoming USDA Foods Vendor

Organization: USDA
Published: 2020

Six recommended steps for becoming a USDA approved vendor, especially during COVID-19.

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Instituting Change: An Overview of Institutional Food Procurement and Recommendations for Improvement

Author: Claire Fitch, Raychel Santo
Organization: Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
Published: 2016

This report reviews the literature and key information resources regarding institutional food service procurement systems, presents the potential benefits of a largescale shift among institutional procurement policies, discusses some of the existing barriers to the adoption of policies that favor regionally and/or sustainably produced food, and provides recommendations and tools for influencing institutional food procurement practices. It aims to clarify gaps in the literature and resources— namely, information about food service management companies’ rebate pricing systems and the potential socioeconomic, environmental, health, social justice, and animal welfare-related benefits of reformed procurement policies. Finally, this report is intended to serve as a resource for those seeking a better understanding of institutional food service procurement policies and provide a rationale for working toward reform.

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Institutional Procurement of Local Food: Rhode Island Policy Snapshot

Organization: FINE
Published: 2019

This snapshot is part of a six-state series exploring demand-side policies in New England that support public institutions' ability to increase purchases of local food. These snapshots, links to resources, a regional report with comparative findings and recommendations, a database and scan of all policies discussed, and other related information can be found on FINE’s policy page: https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/new-england-farm-institution-policy-project. These documents are current as of May 2019.

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Institutional Procurement of Local Food: Connecticut Policy Snapshot

Organization: FINE
Published: 2019

This snapshot is part of a six-state series exploring demand-side policies in New England that support public institutions' ability to increase purchases of local food. These snapshots, links to resources, a regional report with comparative findings and recommendations, a database and scan of all policies discussed, and other related information can be found on FINE’s policy page: https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/new-england-farm-institution-policy-project These documents are current as of May 2019.

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Institutional Procurement of Local Food: Maine Policy Snapshot

Organization: FINE
Published: 2019

This snapshot is part of a six-state series exploring demand-side policies in New England that support public institutions' ability to increase purchases of local food. These snapshots, links to resources, a regional report with comparative findings and recommendations, a database and scan of all policies discussed, and other related information can be found on FINE’s policy page. These documents are current as of May 2019.

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Institutional Procurement of Local Food: Massachusetts Policy Snapshot

Organization: FINE
Published: 2019

This snapshot is part of a six-state series exploring demand-side policies in New England that support public institutions' ability to increase purchases of local food. These snapshots, links to resources, a regional report with comparative findings and recommendations, a database and scan of all policies discussed, and other related information can be found on FINE’s policy page: https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/new-england-farm-institution-policy-project. These documents are current as of May 2019.

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Institutional Procurement of Local Food: New Hampshire Policy Snapshot

Organization: FINE
Published: 2019

This snapshot is part of a six-state series exploring demand-side policies in New England that support public institutions' ability to increase purchases of local food. These snapshots, links to resources, a regional report with comparative findings and recommendations, a database and scan of all policies discussed, and other related information can be found on FINE’s policy page: https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/new-england-farm-institution-policy-project. These documents are current as of May 2019.

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Institutional Procurement of Local Food: Vermont Policy Snapshot

Organization: FINE
Published: 2019

This snapshot is part of a six-state series exploring demand-side policies in New England that support public institutions' ability to increase purchases of local food. These snapshots, links to resources, a regional report with comparative findings and recommendations, a database and scan of all policies discussed, and other related information can be found on FINE’s policy page: https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/new-england-farm-institution-policy-project. These documents are current as of May 2019.

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Institutions as Conscious Food Consumers: Leveraging Purchasing Power to Drive Systems Change

Author: Sapna E. Thottathil, Annelies M. Goger
Published: 2018

This 2018 book is divided into four primary sections titled: The Role of Institutions in Food Systems Change, Setting Purchasing Standards through Policy, Creating Shared Identity through Place-Based Connections, and New Directions for Institutional Food Service. Within those sections, chapters are written by farm to institution leaders across the country, including those from Health Care without Harm, the Center for Good Food Purchasing, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, the Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State, and many more. FINE’s chapter, titled “Farm to Institution New England: Mobilizing the Power of a Region’s Institutions to Transform a Region’s Food System,” includes an overview of FINE’s history and origin, followed by an in-depth look at the state of farm to institution in New England today.

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Issue briefs and resources on how COVID-19 is impacting food system

Organization: Harvard Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation
Published: 2020

A list of issue briefs and resources on how COVID-19 is impacting the food system. From Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic.

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Keep on Tracking Local Food: How Better Data Management Systems can Increase Local Food Procurement at New England Campuses

Organization: FINE, New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network
Published: 2018

In 2017, the New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network (FSCN), an initiative of Farm to Institution New England (FINE), conducted in-depth interviews with dining and sustainability managers from ten different campuses to evaluate the variety of ways that campuses in New England are currently tracking their local and sustainable food purchases. By offering some initial insights, FINE and FSCN hope to catalyze the development of best practices for local food procurement. This fact sheet highlights key findings, good ideas, and potential snags from the pilot interviews, which complements FINE’s 2015 Campus Dining Survey.

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Key Planning Recommendations for mass gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak

Organization: World Health Organization
Published: 2020

Key planning considerations for organizers of mass gatherings in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

Organization: USDA
Published: 2012

(See Chapter 7 on Farm to Institution.) The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass is a digital guide to help stakeholders navigate USDA resources and efforts related to local and regional food systems. It explains USDA’s recent work to create new market opportunities and to use consumer interest in where their food comes from to foster a national conversation that benefits all of American agriculture. The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative (KYF), a management and communications effort described in the next section, has facilitated these efforts since its inception in 2009. The KYF Compass organizes USDA’s work on local and regional food systems into seven thematic areas; each section discusses resources related to the theme and provides case studies and examples of USDA-supported programs and projects in the field.

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Leveling the Fields: Creating Farming Opportunities for Black People, Indigenous People, and Other People of Color

Organization: Union of Concerned Scientists, HEAL Food Alliance
Published: 2020

A policy brief from the Union of Concerned Scientists and HEAL Food Alliance. Farming offers a powerful path to build community wealth and resilience to challenges such as water pollution, droughts and floods, and lack of access to healthy food. However, US agriculture— particularly the pursuit of sustainable agriculture—is rife with obstacles for Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color (BIPOC), including immigrants, migrants, and refugees. These obstacles include difficulty securing capital, credit, land, infrastructure, and information. For these groups, such challenges are compounded by longstanding structural and institutional racism. We review opportunities for governments, the private sector, philanthropies, and others to contribute to simultaneously building socioeconomic equity and sustainability in US food systems. To begin overcoming the history of racist policies and exclusion, it is our primary recommendation that solutions be developed by and with—rather than for— Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color.

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Leveraging Contracts for Local Food Procurement a Guide for Institutions That Work With Food Service Management Companies

Organization: FINE
Published: 2015

This guide aims to assist institutions that are managed by FSMCs in influencing the request for proposal (RFP) and contract negotiation processes to increase purchases of local foods. The guide describes different types of contracts typically used with FSMCs and the ways by which local food procurement is incorporated in them; describes the role of the RFP and provides questions to consider when soliciting proposals in order to vet companies to find one that best meets the institution’s needs; calls out key components of typical contracts that need to be negotiated to improve the ability of institutions to purchase local food products; and t provides a brief resource section providing sample RFP and contract language and New England companies that specialize in food service contract negotiation.

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List of articles related to COVID-19

Organization: Vanessa Garcia Polanco, MSU
Published: 2020

Google document of resources on food and COVID-19. Categories include food justice, food safety, supply chain, food security, agriculture, community gardens, restaurants, food chain workers, schools, policy, and food waste.

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List of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in all 50 States

Organization: Modern Farmer
Published: 2020

A list of farms in all 50 states that offer community supported agriculture (CSA), updated during COVID-19.

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List of COVID-19 resources for farmers from ATTRA

Organization: National Center for Appropriate Technology ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Program
Published: 2020

COVID-19 response resources for farmers, including categories of farmers markets, alternative marketing, financial assistance, food safety, and food security.

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List of Financial Resources for COVID-19 Response

Organization: Philanthropy Massachusetts
Published: 2020

Resource page for Massachusetts funding with ways to respond to natural disasters and other calls for emergency relief.

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List of Resources for Farmers and Others in Food System

Organization: Wit Meets Grit
Published: 2020

List of resources on a variety of COVID-19 topics including: canceling events, funding, strategic planning, communication foods, food access, farming, and advocacy.

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