Local & Sustainable Implementation

Health care facilities across the country are moving to the forefront of the sustainable food movement by developing and implementing creative strategies to increase sustainable food purchasing. They ask distributors and group purchasing organization to prioritize sustainability, they buy directly from farmers, and they even grow food themselves in on-site farms and gardens. Increasing sustainable food procurement in hospital food service is an important way for hospitals to become community models for promoting healthy and sustainable food production and consumption.

The following are key resources that can help health care facilities in implementing sustainable and local purchasing in their foodservice.  Also included are a companion set of resources for hospitals food service suppliers.

Purchasing Resources for Hospitals

Sample Hospital Policy Statements

General Purchasing Guides

Product Specific Purchasing Guides

Purchasing Guides for GPOs and Distributors

The following Food Guides are designed for Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) and national distributors to use to determine whether or not foods meet HCWH's sustainability criteria.

Educational Materials

For more resources, and a detailed How-to Guide, enroll your hospital or health system in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, a national sustainability agenda for the health care sector, and choose the Healthier Food Challenge.