CITY HALL -- Los Angeles Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Paul Koretz proclaimed today as Food Policy Day to shine the spotlight on the City’s initiative that establishes comprehensive food purchasing guidelines in park and recreation facilities and other City-managed venues.
The City’s food policy, authored by Koretz and adopted in 2012, is widely known as the most comprehensive food procurement policy in the country, and the only one that includes standards for food workers. The food policy requires recreation and parks facilities to adhere to guidelines when purchasing food for youth and senior programs.
“This policy means that everyone will enjoy better quality food, from students taking part in the Free Summer Lunch Program, to seniors dining with their friends at our senior centers,” said O’Farrell, who chairs the City’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and the Los Angeles River Committee. “The policy will even extend to our convention center and entertainment facilities like the Greek Theater.”
"I’m so pleased with how far we’ve come with food policy in Los Angeles,” said Koretz, who sits on the City’s Energy and Environment Committee. “Now we're going to start working on the other end of the life cycle, addressing what becomes of food waste so that, rather than rotting in landfills and emitting greenhouse gases, the City’s food waste is recycled into energy, or into compost that can nourish and give back to our soils."
The Councilmembers publicly recognized several organizations -both in the public and private sectors- that are helping the City buy food according to the Good Food Purchasing Policy: Los Angeles Convention Center, Department of Aging, Department of Recreation and Parks, Department of Water and Power, Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as Guckenheimer, Levy Restaurants, Morrison, Muranaka Farms in Ventura County, Old Grove Orange, Sodexo, and United Farm Workers.
The policy sets Los Angeles as the trendsetter for sourcing healthy, sustainable, local food in unprecedented ways.