Municipal food procurement law in New York requires municipal institutions – schools, hospitals, shelters, etc. – to choose the “lowest responsible bidder” for food purchasing. Unfortunately, this requirement fails to account for negative externalities in the bidding process and prevents communities from leveraging their collective purchasing power to strengthen the food system.
Legislation introduced by Senator Michelle Hinchey and Assembly Majority Leader Crystal People-Stokes (S.7534 / A.8580) would give municipal institutions the option to factor in the following criteria: environmental sustainability, racial equity, fair labor practices, local economies, nutrition quality, and animal welfare.
WE CALL ON STATE LEADERS to pass the Good Food NY bill and help communities leverage their purchasing power.