Public Sector Food Procurement Supply Chains leading to School Meals: The case of Yorkshire

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Utilising public procurement as a way to transform the sustainability of the food
system holds great potential, especially when focussing on school meals supplied
by local authority catering services. This transformative change can impact young
people far into their futures, sparking their interest in this topic and teaching them
fundamental and valuable lessons about food, sustainability and health from a
young age. To fully harness this opportunity, unpacking and mapping out public
food procurement supply chains that lead to school meals is crucial. Learning about
the factors that shape and influence this part of the food system, as well as how
each of the members of the supply chains influence and interact with each other is
key. Learning about the barriers, enablers and contracts that dictate how the system
works leads to a deeper understanding that allows for relevant and important
solutions to be formed. Our current knowledge of how public food procurement
works is limited so this research aimed to address this gap in knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages56
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2023


  • food procurement
  • School food

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