Reach out to your Cook County Board of Commissioners District offices between May 7-14!

Tell your commissioner to pass the “Adoption of Good Food Purchasing Standards.”

Below you’ll find:

  • Call script | Guión para llamadas en Español
  • Email outreach template | Guión para mandar un email en Español

If any questions come up, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us: Email Rodger Cooley at cfpacinfo@gmail.com.

Not sure who your Commissioner is? No problem – find your district and commissioner here.

Please take a minute to let us know how it went so we know where to be following up.

Thank you!

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What is the Good Food Purchasing Program?

  • The Good Food Purchasing Program is considered to be the most comprehensive food purchasing program in the country because it supports local farmers and processors, as well as other local businesses throughout the food chain, while keeping money in the regional economy and creating good-paying jobs.
  • The Program will cover County  Departments and Agencies who directly purchase and/or have concessions on their property.
  • Progress towards the goals are verified by an independent organization that certifies and provides rankings for each institution.

IMPACTS TO DATE: LOS ANGELES EXAMPLE

  • The Good Food Purchasing program was first passed in Los Angeles in 2012. Since then:
    • Redirected $12 million toward local growers within the first year of adopting the Good Food Purchasing Program
    • Created 220 new well-paying jobs in the supply chain in LA County
    • Shifted $70 million in 5 year contracts to serve 100% of its chicken produced without routine antibiotics

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Commissioner CALL SCRIPT

Note: You will likely get an aide or a machine. Leaving the below message with them is a good step. If you do get the actual commissioner or a supervisor, go through the call script below, but also refer to the talking points above if they ask questions.

My name is ________________ and I live in district ____. I’m calling to ask if ______________ (commissioner name) supports the “Adoption of Good Food Purchasing Standards” [#18-1650].  Adoption of the Program is critical for our county — it will direct our public dollars for food procurement toward the creation of good jobs right here in our local economy and improve the food system for all of Cook County.

I urge ____________(my Commissioner) to vote yes on the resolution titled “Adoption of Good Food Purchasing Standards [#18-1650]”.

Thank you.

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EMAIL TEMPLATE

To send an email to your Commissioner: Not sure who your Commissioner is? No problem – find your district and commissioner here.

Dear Comm (INSERT THE NAME OF YOUR COMMISSIONER HERE):

My name is (INSERT YOUR NAME HERE) and I live in district (INSERT YOUR DISTRICT HERE). I’m writing to ask that (INSERT NAME OF COMMISSIONER HERE) support  the “Adoption of Good Food Purchasing Standards” [#18-1650], which I believe is critical to our county because it will help create good jobs and improve the food system for all of Cook County.

  • The Good Food Purchasing Program is considered to be the most comprehensive food purchasing program in the country because it supports local farmers and processors, as well as other local businesses throughout the food chain, while keeping money in the regional economy and creating good-paying jobs. Progress towards the goals are verified by an independent organization that certifies and provides rankings for each institution.
  • The Program will cover County Departments and Agencies who directly purchase and/or have concessions on their property.  
  • Chicago Public Schools adopted the program in June 2017, the Chicago Park District in September 2017 and the City of Chicago in October 2017.
  • The Good Food Purchasing program was first passed in Los Angeles in 2012, which has already:
    • Redirected $12 million toward local growers within the first year of adopting the Program.
    • Created 220 new well-paying jobs along LA County’s supply chain.
    • Shifted $70 million in 5 year contracts to serve 100% of its chicken produced without routine antibiotics
    • Baked 45 million servings of bread rolls from sustainably-produced wheat grown in California and milled and baked in downtown LA. The manufacturer also eliminated high fructose corn syrup, reduced sodium, and prices stayed the same.

Additionally there is a number of local organizations that are supporting this initiative. As a member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, I urge (Commissioner name) vote yes on the Resolution to adopt the Good Food Purchasing Program for Cook County.

Thank you,

(YOUR NAME)

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¿Qué es el Programa de Compras de Buena Comida?

  • El Programa de Compras de Buena Comida se considera el programa de compras de alimentos más completo del país porqué apoya a los agricultores y procesadores locales, así como a otros negocios locales a lo largo de la cadena alimentaria, manteniendo dinero en la economía regional y creando empleos bien pagados.
  • El Programa cubrirá los Departamentos y Agencias de la Ciudad que directamente compran y/o tienen concesiones en su propiedad que es cerca de $300 millones de dólares al año. Las Agencias Hermanas están adoptando por separado la póliza. Las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago adoptaron el programa en Junio de 2017 y el Distrito del Parque de Chicago en Septiembre de 2017.
  • El progreso hacia los objetivos es verificado por una organizaciòn independiente que certifica y proporciona la clasificaciòn para cada instituciòn.

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PUNTOS CLAVES

Script de llamada para los comisionados

Nota: Es probable que obtenga un ayudante o una máquina. Dejar el siguiente mensaje con ellos es un buen paso. Si obtiene al comisionado real o un supervisor, vaya a través de la secuencia de comandos a a continuación, pero también se refieren a los puntos anteriores si hacen preguntas.

Mi nombre es _______ y vivo en ______. Estoy llamando para preguntar si __________ (nombre de concejal) apoya la “Adopción de los Estándares de Buenas Compras de Alimentos” [#18-1650]. La adopción del Programa es fundamental para nuestra ciudad – dirigirá nuestros dólares públicos para la compra de alimentos hacia la creación de buenos trabajos aquí mismo en nuestra economía local y mejorará el sistema de alimentos para todo el Condado de Cook.

Les urjo a ________ ( el comisionado de usted) que vote en la resolución titulada “ Adopción e implementación de Buenas Normas de Compras de Alimentos [#18-1650].

Gracias.

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GUIÓN PARA MANDAR UN EMAIL

Para enviar un correo electrónico a su comisionado del Condado de Cook: Busque aca el correo electrónico de su comisionado y luego copee la carta de abajo y envíela:

Querido comisionado (inserta el nombre de su comisionado):

Mi nombre es (insertar su nombre aquí) y yo vivo en el distrito (insertar distrito aquí). Estoy escribiendo para solicitar que (insertar el nombre de su comisionado) apoye la “Adopción de Buenas Normas para la Compra de Alimentos” [#18-1650], que creo que es crítica para nuestra ciudad porque ayudará a crear buenos empleos.