The Good Food on the Public Plate ran as part of the London Food Strategy Local Food Infrastructure project from 2008 to 2011, helpingpublic sector organisations to buy and use more sustainable food. This report outlines the project's achievements up to 2009 and sets out the case for further work.
The Good Food on the Public Plate ran as part of the London Food Strategy Local Food Infrastructure project from 2008 to 2011, helping public sector organisations, such as local authorities, schools, universities, hospitals and care homes to buy and use more sustainable food. This report outlines the project's achievements up to 2009 and sets out the case for future activities and policy.
We are delighted to report that the changes this project has supported already add £144,700 of measurable change to purchasing sustainable products, and another £570,000 of measurable change is anticipated before the end of 2009. Previously, this public money was spent on food with poor sustainability credentials. In addition, several major London public-sector organisations are implementing policies and catering practices that are reducing packaging waste, diverting food waste to compost, and building relationships with sustainable farmers and distributors. We are also working with a cluster of London public-sector institutions to harness their significant collaborative buying power, and are planning more high-level successes in the future.
To date we have provided business support to 62 organisations, and
training to 47 individuals, surpassing our targets of 50 businesses supported and 15 individuals trained.
One of the key projects we have been working on is the pan-London cluster which has the potential to influence a very significant amount of public spending, resulting in both savings and increased sustainable procurement. The cluster participants do not have the staff time to pursue the collaboration without the assistance that Good Food on the Public Plate is currently providing. Our report therefore contains recommendations for further development of this successful collaborative procurement model, which has the potential to influence millions of pounds of public sector food spend in the capital.
The objectives set out by Good Food on the Public Plate also appear to be relevant to the standards currently being discussed by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG). If these high sustainability standards are set into LOCOG’s food policy GFPP’s potential role may become even more important. GFPP could help create a significant and stable market for sustainable food after the Olympics. If these standards are set into policy by LOCOG there is a link between the legacy of those standards and the supply set up for LOCOG and the public sector in London.
2. What we do
5. Feedback from participants
6. Results achieved
7. Lessons learnt
8. Next steps for Good Food on the Public Plate
Appendix 1: Details of a range of participants and our work with them
Good Food on the Public Plate
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