Day 1 - Thursday






The Power of Procurement

Opening remarks by Linda Jo Doctor. Recognition of Place by Chi-Nations Youth Council. Setting the stage by Paula Daniels and Alexa Delwiche.

Setting the summit intention and kicking-off the next two days together with presentations on the transformative power of procurement to create a transparent and equitable food system for the benefit of children, families and communities, a system that supports local economies, promotes human health and wellbeing, provides safe and healthy working conditions, employs sustainable production practices, delivers humane care for farm animals while ensuring equal and affordable access to good food.

Spotlight on Chicago

Highlights from Chicago’s adoption of the Good Food Purchasing Program and a Good Food Purchasing Policy.
Moderated by Andrea Azuma (Kaiser Permanente) with speakers:  Jose Oliva (Food Chain Workers Alliance), Erika Allen (Urban Growers Collective), Dr. Julie Morita (Chicago Department of Public Health), Terry Mason (Cook County Department of Public Health), Tarrah DeClemente (Chicago Public Schools), and Rodger Cooley (Chicago Food Policy Action Council).



(15 mins)



The Transformative Potential of High Road Procurement Policies
SPEAKERS: Madeline Janis (Jobs to Move America) and Doug Sims (NRDC)
MODERATOR: Corby Kummer (The Atlantic)

Discussion of the process trajectory and examples of how values-based , or high road, procurement strategies have produced more holistic outcomes in the fields of transportation, energy and water infrastructure, and how those examples might apply to the food system.


Lunch + Keynote

Equity in the Food System
SPEAKER: Ricardo Salvador (Union of Concerned Scientists)

Inspirational keynote comments about building and leveraging equity in the food system and strategies we can deploy when transitioning our current food system into one that grows healthy food while employing sustainable and socially equitable production practices.


Good Food Purchasing Participants

Animal Welfare and Environmental Sustainability – The What, Why and How
Chef Ann Cooper (Boulder Valley School District)
Nicole Scarangello (Office of Food & Nutrition Service New York);
Gina Asoudegan (Applegate);
Nicole Ledoux (88 Acres)
Andrew deCoriolis (Farm Forward)

This session will deliver targeted advice on how to achieve baseline in our most challenging value categories; including detail about the standard’s requirements for each value category. Learn about the challenges, opportunities and general market trends related to associated value categories.

The Business of Good Food

Filling the Finance Gaps in Values-Based Supply Chains
Tina Castro (Avivar Capital),
Toby Rittner (Council of Development Finance Agencies)
Malini Moraghan (Torana Group)
Tim Crosby (Thread Fund).

As we seek to build and service large demand for values-based food, so much more is possible if we also build up values-based supply chains. The intermediary distribution and functions between farm and fork are crucial to the success of a good food future. However, different types of businesses need different forms of capital, especially those at different stages of growth and at different positions in a supply chain. Additionally, different investors and financial institutions are disconnected from each other due to, among other things, different definitions of risk and return. How do we align finance tools to support regional supply chains? What are the direct and indirect financing gaps that inhibit growth of early stage successes? The goal of this session is to problem solve some of these gaps. The speakers, each with years of experience in food system financing, will address gaps raised by the audience and also share their perspectives involving specific gaps that restrict growth of regional food purchasing.

Building Regional Capacity for Good Food

Organizing for Values Based Procurement
A-dae Briones (First Nations Development Institute),
Breanna Hawkins (Public Health Alliance of Southern California),
Christina Spach (Food Chain Workers Alliance),
Hannah Weinronk (Real Food Generation),
Rebekah Williams (Massachusetts Avenue Project / Buffalo Coalition Lead).
Clare Fox (LA Food Policy Council)

Successful values-based procurement efforts require leadership from the inside, but what happens when those visionary leaders move on? How can communities work together to ensure an institution’s priorities reflect the community’s priorities and its commitment to values-based procurement outlasts any one person? Learn from local and national food systems leaders about the power of local, multi-sectoral approaches, the role of policy and organizing in advancing successful values-based procurement and the tools and strategies for engaging local governments and school districts from the inside out and outside in. This workshop will hear from successful food policy campaigns and Good Food Purchasing coalitions that have established cross-sector partnerships toward successful adoption and implementation of policy ideas.



(30 mins)


Good Food Purchasing Participants

Good Food Purchasing Program Training

Sign-up Only
* Some light pre-work required.


Take a deep dive into the Good Food Purchasing Program. This is a training for folks already familiar with the program but that want a bit more detail as it relates to the five values categories and scoring system. In this training we will Illustrate the design, management and requirements of the Standards, discuss 5 Value Categories and the associated scoring benchmarks and help participants understand how a supplier and/or product is scored and the impact to a participants rating. So jump in to the Center for Good Food Purchasing’s Good Food Purchasing Program and Standard.

The Business of Good Food

Bringing Values Based Products to Market at Scale
Wood Turner (Agriculture Capital)
Gina Asoudegan (Applegate)
Vanessa Zajfen (Center for Good Food Purchasing)



Learn from the leaders in the field of good food production and manufacturing what it takes to create delicious value-based products for retail and food service operations across the country. Discover the origin story of America’s leading organic brand, hear how regenerative agriculture is reaching scale in 2019 and find out the role consumers have to play in supporting the growth of good food companies.

Building Regional Capacity for Good Food

Group Spective


This session will allow for some discussions among small groups centered around key issues identified by attendees. While the Center for Good Food Purchasing will ‘seed’ a couple discussion topics, the organic nature of this session will allow for free flowing conversation and problem solving. Among the organic topics to be selected by participants, the Food Chain Workers Alliance will host a discussion around racial equity and transparency in good food supply chains.  Participants in this session are encouraged to bring any new found solutions, inspirations, take-aways to our final plenary on Friday.


Cocktails hosted by Organic Valley with educational pop up event




KEYNOTE SPEECH: “What’s Missing from the Dinner Conversation?”
SPEAKER: Helene York (Guckenheimer)
Day 2 - Friday





Good Food Purchasing Participants

Values-Based Contracting: From the Contracting Process to Model Solicitations to Supplier Relations + Solicitation Exchange
Elizabeth Reynoso (Living Cities),
Jennifer Obadia (Health Care Without Harm),
Alyse Festenstein (Bon Appetit Management Company)



Explore the world of values-based contracting– from how to build equity into the contract compliance process to writing values-based solicitations to building value-based flexibilities into supplier management program. Panelists will share their experiences in building a barrier-free, well-defined and transparent values-based procurement process. Attendees will leave with a jump drive chock full of the values-based solicitations, toolkits and other resources to inspire your contracting and solicitation redesign.

The Business of Good Food

Building a Value Chain from Farm to Fork: The Story of the Artisan Grain Collaborative
Jason Weedon (Gourmet Gorilla)
Karen Lehman (Fresh Taste)
Erin Meyer (Basil’s Harvest)
Harold Wilkin (Janie’s Farm)



In 2016, a group of regenerative food system advocates —bakers, chefs, millers, distributors, agricultural researchers, market developers, school nutrition experts, and nonprofits— gathered and grappled with the question …how do you to create a sustainable food shed? Working across the Upper Midwest grain value chain they seek to establish a flourishing market for food grade crops from regenerative agricultural practices. Come learn from their story.

Building Regional Capacity for Good Food

Building Regional Capacity for Good Food with the Good Food Purchasing Program
Nicole Scarangello (Office of Food & Nutrition Service New York),
Bertrand Weber (Minneapolis Public School)
Molly Riordan (Philadelphia Department of Public Health)
Clare Fox (Los Angeles Food Policy Council)
Nathalie Laidler-Kylander (Draper Richards Kaplan)



Come learn from Good Food Purchasing Participants how they have used the Good Food Purchasing Program as a tool to invest in and support a good food system. Come hear directly from operators in the field. Participants will share opportunities and challenges, surprising moments and everything in between. Also hear directly from local partners about how local partners can bolster participants good food efforts?



(15 mins)



Moving the Needle
PART 1, facilitated cohort break outs — led by Katie Byerly (The Kresge Foundation), Susan Schempf (The Wallace Center)
PART 2, panel — SPEAKERS: Janie Hipp (Native American Agriculture Fund), Rodney Taylor (Fairfax County Public Schools), Gary Cohen (Health Care Without Harm), Edwin Marty (City of Austin – Office of Sustainability); Haile Johnston (The Common Market), Daniel Tellalian

Thirty-hours later it is time to turn our shared values and goals into measurable action. What can we do to advance food system reform? We will begin with a one hour facilitated plenary break out of cohorts or affinity groups, with a report back to our closing panel, who will build on the reported comments and ideas for next steps. The panel will engage the attendees in a discussion on creating regional commitments, national and international linkages. Closing remarks.


Grab and Go

(End of Program)

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