NYC Council Proposes Law to Increase City’s Local Food Purchasing
The New York City Council is moving forward on a proposal it made in its FoodWorks report last November: it is pushing for a new law encouraging city agencies to buy food from New York State.
The proposed legislation — introduced by Council Member Gale Brewer and eight other representatives — will require the city’s chief procurement officer to develop and publish food purchasing guidelines for city agencies within six months of the law’s enactment. It also calls for the submission of an annual report to the speaker of the City Council detailing each agency’s efforts to implement the new food purchasing guidelines, including how much local food each agency purchased in the preceding fiscal year.
Food from New York State — referred to in the legislation as “New York state food” — is defined as food products whose essential components are grown, produced or harvested in New York State or food products that are processed in facilities located within New York State.
A public hearing on the proposed law was held today.