ProCureWorks is an initiative of the Healthy Food in Health Care Program at Health Care Without Harm. It is an innovative cross-sector collaboration that catalyzes meaningful change in our food system. The initiative leverages the combined purchasing power of five California school districts representing over 530 schools and eight California health care systems with over 55 member hospitals to create healthier food choices for the well-being of children, patients, staff, and families.
Hospitals and school districts are major purchasers of goods and services and are anchor institutions in the communities they serve. Wielding nearly $100 million in purchasing power, ProCureWorks is committed to developing new products and reformulating existing products that are healthy, sustainable, and regional, and that meet the nutritional and environmental guidelines across institutional sectors. We seek food products that are affordable and offer greater transparency in production practices including how the food is grown/raised, processed and sold.
The initiative has identified three product categories to start with: beef, grains, and poultry. These products will meet the ProCureWorks 2017 Procurement Guidelines for Food Products, the nutritional standards of the 2010 Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, the School Food Focus Ingredient Guide for Better School Food Purchasing and the Healthy Food in Health Care Sustainable Products Guidelines.
Learn how you can become a ProCureWorks changemaker! Contact Courtney Crenshaw, the CA Regional Procurement & Engagement Coordinator if you have any questions.
- What is ProCureWorks?
- ProCureWorks 2017 Procurement Guidelines for Food Products
- ProCureWorks Product Portfolio
- "A cross-sector approach to institutional food procurement: How schools and hospitals can organize together for healthier food" outlines four potential procurement methods that were explored for ProCureWorks by the Harrison Institute for Public Law at Georgetown University.
- The ProCureWorks Evaluation report summarizes findings of a qualitative assessment of the management, implementation, and strategies used by ProCureWorks during its first two years.
ProCureWorks is generously supported by the following funders:
- Kaiser Permanente
- Kellogg Foundation
- Panta Rhea Foundation
- San Francisco Foundation