Date: Tuesday, March 28

Time: 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Room: San Jose Room/Doubletree Hotel

Good Food Rebate Program: Emerging Findings and Lessons Learned

  • Prem Durairaj, Director of Food Systems and Research, Community Health Improvement Partners

  • Moderator: Moderator: Kali Feiereisel, Food Safety Specialist, CAFF

This session will focus on the pilot of the Good Food Rebate Program (GFRP) at Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (FUESD) in North Coastal San Diego County during the 2016-2017 school year. The GFRP is an innovative economic incentive program in which an independent nonprofit (Community Health Improvement Partners, or CHIP) rebates participating districts 20% of their purchases of local, sustainable, and/or fairly-produced food, up to $10,000 in rebates per year. By leveraging pre-existing food dollars, these $10,000 in rebates allow the district to shift up to $50,000 of food purchasing. The GFRP also involves supporting the district to make these purchases sustainable long-term once the rebates end. In 2016-2017, this new program is being implemented in FUESD, a lower-income, rural, agricultural school district. In Fall of 2016, GFRP funds have been used to purchase local and organic citrus and other produce, grass-fed bison, and more. The session will introduce the GFRP concept, present preliminary results from the first year of its implementation in FUESD, discuss challenges of implementation, the programs short and long-term impact, and discuss next steps for the GFRP.