Sustainable Supply Chain

Co-Chairs:

  • Spike Mendelsohn, Local Restaurant Owner
  • Philip Sambol, Oasis Community Partners & Good Food Markets
  • Dalila Boclin, FRESHFARM

2020 Priorities:

  1. Determine how District food policy can address climate change and increase the District’s preparedness for severe weather events. For the District to be a national leader among cities tackling climate change, it will be crucial to create food policies that decrease the District’s carbon footprint. At the same time, food policy can play a critical role in better preparing the District for increasingly frequent severe weather events.
  2. Publish the centralized kitchen study. In 2020, the DC Office of Planning will develop and publish a study required by the Healthy Students Amendment Act of 2018 on best practices for developing a centralized kitchen in the District. A centralized kitchen could prepare and store food for public institutions; support local farmers; and provide job-training programs. The Food Policy Council will convene stakeholders to provide guidance on the study, which will be released in fall 2020.
  3. Develop best practices for institutional food procurement in the District. Building on research conducted in 2019, the Food Policy Council will convene key District agencies, private institutions, and other partners to consider how food procurement can be a tool to promote health, sustainability, and equity.

Accomplishments:

Advocacy guide: The FPC created an advocacy guide for the Healthy Students Amendment Act of 2018, which amended the Healthy Schools Act of 2010 to increase the District’s investment in school breakfast, require a study on best practices for building a central kitchen facility, and require DCPS to undergo a Good Food Purchasing Program baseline assessment,

Advocacy guide: The FPC created an advocacy guide for the Save Good Food Amendment Act of 2018 (passed October 2018), which incentivized food donation through tax credits, expanded liability protections for food donors, limiting the types of products required to carry date labels, and created a food donation best practices guide.

Partnerships: The FPC is an active contributor in several DC coalitions, including the DC Good Food Purchasing Program coalition, the DCPS School Food Advisory Group, and the DC Food Recovery Working Group.