Despite advances in the field of equitable good food procurement, further resources and coordination are needed to inspire transformation at scale. Thanks to the strategic efforts of a growing body of actors in the field in recent years, there have been significant strides in equitable good food procurement activities among anchor institutions. Community lead coalitions are mobilizing and hyper-local infrastructure is emerging. Several major cities have recently made substantial commitments to good food procurement. Tribal nations now have access to a set of model food codes that more specifically address equity and sustainability concerns. The number of health care institutions and school districts engaged in values-based procurement practices is growing.
However, barriers to healthy food access still plague many cities, rural areas and Tribal communities as farmers, ranchers, fishers and business owners in these places struggle to gain opportunities and access to markets. Sustainable and ongoing resources are needed not only to support existing and emerging work in this area, but also to extend the reach of the work, spur innovation in the field, enhance coordination, and catalyze the infusion of resources from other sources (e.g., federal, private, philanthropic, etc.)