D8 – Anchors in Resilient Communities: Lessons and Tools From the Field

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Through purchasing, policy, and partnerships, hospitals are embracing their role as anchor institutions and applying their social and economic influence and intellectual resources to better the long-term public and environmental health of their communities. Rooted in place, hospitals hold significant real estate investments and social capital that, when coupled with their purchasing power and position of authority, create an important opportunity to transform the food system. This session will highlight how hospitals in several regions employ anchor strategies–from local sourcing of goods and services to partnerships and strategic investments,to address issues of common concern, including healthy food access, community resilience, and sustainability. Specific topics to be addressed include financing, value chain ecosystems, evaluation, and stakeholder engagement. Children’s Hospital Colorado will describe current efforts to address interrelated social, environmental, economic conditions and to make healthy, sustainably produced food more available to patients, staff, and community members through onsite production, food waste diversion, and advocacy. Kaiser Permanente and Food Service Partners will describe MyCultiver, the first project of the Bay Area Anchors in Resilient Communities, designed to provide Bay area institutions with healthy, locally sourced meals, create employment and cooperative ownership opportunities for residents, and support the regional food system.

Food Sustainable procurement