Institutional Purchasing

City of Cleveland and FPC Release Food Business Cluster Roadmap

The City of Cleveland and FPC have released the findings from the Sustainable Foods Business Cluster Roadmap - a five-year plan with a core objective to increase regional jobs, revenue and sustainability by supporting local food and beverage businesses.  The roadmap takes a closer look at the food business cluster as a 'geographic concentration  of interconnected businesses, suppliers, service providers, and associated institutions' all related in some way to the food industry.... Read more »

National Farm to School Census-see where Ohio Stands

In the final days of National Farm to School month during October, USDA released a nation-wide census of farm to school activity between 2011-2012. Since 2013 when the data collection process began, 8,800 school districts of the 13,914 targeted for responses replied to the census questionnaire and 3,812 of those district reported engaging in farm to school activities. All the questionnaires were provided at the district levels by state agency leads like Departments of Education.... Read more »

Food hubs across the nation-new study examines leading models and best practices

Food hubs often encompass all or several of the missing link(s) necessary to better faciliate the process of bringing local foods from farm to fork. I like to think of them as the physical places that are home to every "sticky point" in the food economy or the critical components of the food system (production, aggregation, processing, distribution, consumption, waste).... Read more »

Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the FPC Explore School Gardening and Local Procurement for the Farm to School Initiative

Members of diverse community organizations met earlier this month on a sunny August morning to discuss the expansion of school gardening at Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) schools.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

Sustainable Foods Business Cluster Roadmap - Final Report

The City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Ohio State University Extension, and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition have developed a sustainable food cluster roadmap for Cuyahoga County, with a core objective to increase regional jobs, revenue, and sustainability by supporting local food and beverage businesses. ... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Local Purchasing

A Recipe for Success: Developing a Sustainable Foods Business Roadmap for Cuyahoga County

The City of Cleveland Mayor's Office of Sustainability, Ohio State University Extension, and Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition have developed a sustainable foods business cluster roadmap for Cuyahoga County, with a core objective to increase regional jobs, revenue and sustainability by supporting local food and beverage businesses. This is an Executive Summary of the roadmaping process and the proposed interventions.

Working Group(s): 
Local Purchasing

USDA releases 'Smart Snacks at School' guidelines

In our last newsletter, PFC mentioned that since our school nutition forum, USDA has released their proposed standards for vending and foods served outside of federally reimbursable me... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

FPC Quarterly Forum: NEWtrition in Our Schools presentation

NEWtrition in Our Schools forum opening presentation by Teleange Thomas, Program Officer of Health, The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

Two Summer Events for Green City Growers Greenhouse Cooperative in Central! Register by May 18th!

Refer to this flyer to register for the community event on May 23rd or get information on the hiring process within the community on June 16th!... Read more »

Scaling-up Connections between Regional Ohio Specialty Crop Producers and Local Markets: Distribution as the Missing Link

Many local food systems advocates focus on increasing the number of farmers selling their products directly to consumers, but this type of direct marketing is only one strategy for increasing the consumption of local foods. Over 90 percent of all food for home consumption is acquired from retail venues (such as grocery stores) (USDA, ERS, 2010), suggesting an important strategy to increase the consumption of Ohio grown foods by Ohioans, is to focus on increasing the flow of these foods through the state’s distribution and retail market systems.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Community Food Assessment
Working Group(s): 
Local Purchasing