Giant chicken contract ‘test case’ for LAUSD’s new food guidelines
It appears that the LA Unified school board is headed for a showdown with the giant chicken industry. As the second largest school district in the nation, LA Unified has traditionally been one of the largest purchasers of chicken in the country but in late 2014 adopted much stricter guidelines for the food it buys....
By Craig Clough | January 26, 2016
Zimmer honored as ‘Good Food Hero’ by LA Food Policy Council
LA Unified school board Vice President Steve Zimmer was honored recently by the Los Angeles Food Policy Council for his efforts in getting the district to take a more progressive approach to food purchasing. The council developed the Good Food Purchasing Program, which LA Unified adopted in 2012 and strengthened in late 2014 with two “Good Food” resolutions that Zimmer...
By Craig Clough | June 17, 2015
Fruit company’s battle with UFW to be examined by LAUSD board
LA Unified board member Steve Zimmer is asking the board to weigh in on a legal battle between a major fruit company and the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. Gerawan Farming, one of the country’s largest suppliers of peaches, plums and other fruit, has had contracts with LA Unified and is under consideration for future...
By Craig Clough | January 12, 2015
‘Good Food’ resolution may be bad news for some food companies
With the passing of the LA Unified school board’s “Good Food” resolution in December, a number of giant vendors the district does business with will be forced to change their practices or lose out on hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts. Tyson Foods in particular, which supplies much of the district’s chicken in a five-year $754...
By Craig Clough | January 5, 2015