Public Funds for Healthy Foods Campaign
06 Sep 2021
LINKS is conducting a healthy public food procurement policy advocacy campaign, "Public Funds for Healthy Foods" which aims to increase awareness about healthy public food procurement and service among LINKS community members and motivate them to advocate for their local and national policymakers to make commitments to adopt public food procurement policies at the UN Food System Summit on September 23, 2021 and the Nutrition for Growth Summit on December 7-8, 2021.
Check back weekly for new resources on healthy public food procurement and service as well as ways you can get involved in our campaign. View/ download our social media kit to share with your networks.
What is healthy public food procurement?
Healthy public food procurement and service (PFP) policy is a policy adopted by government that sets the criteria for the service and sale of food in public settings and/or government expenditure on food (including purchases and subsidies) to promote healthy diets.
Settings, venues and programs where healthy public food procurement and service policies are applicable:
What is a healthy diet?
The primary purpose of healthy public food procurement and service (PFP) policies is to define nutrition standards for food that is purchased, served, or sold with government funds.
“Healthy” can mean different things for different people, cultures, and environments. That’s why it’s important to establish a common understanding of a “healthy diet” in the context of healthy PFP policy. According to the WHO Action Framework for developing and implementing public food procurement and service policies, the core principles of a healthy diet are to:
- Limit the intake of free sugars
- Shift fat consumption away from saturated fats to unsaturated fats, and eliminate industrially procured trans fats
- Limit sodium consumption and ensure that salt is iodized
- Increase consumption of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and pulses
- Ensure the availability of free, safe drinking water
Guidance documents & toolkits:
- Healthy Public Food Procurement Resource Guide
- WHO Action Framework for developing and implementing public food procurement and service policies for a healthy diet
- WHO Sodium Country Score Card
- WHO Healthy Diet Fact Sheet
- WHO regional nutrient profile models: AFRO, EMRO, EURO, PAHO, SEARO, & WPRO
- RTSL Public Food Procurement Service and Policies Fact Sheet