CM13C2 - The Role Of The GPO In Building a Sustainable Food System Supply Chain
For many healthcare organizations, group purchasing organizations (GPOs) are seen as a barrier to the procurement of local and sustainable food. This presentation will focus on the story of a Canadian GPO that turned this barrier into an opportunity to generate more than $1 million for local farmers in Ontario. Although there were challenges encountered along the way, the achievements made the hard work worthwhile, and the lessons learned in the process are transferable and relevant to any healthcare food service setting. The lessons that will be explored include: driving up demand through education, building connection back into institutional food systems, RFPs and contracts that pave the way for local food, and celebrating easy wins and "low hanging fruit."
Mr. Brendan Wylie-Toal ;The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care
Wendy Smith - St. Joseph's Health System, Group Purchasing Organization