Creation of a National Food RFP Model(s)
Health care food services want to provide healthy and good tasting meals but procurement processes are heavily focussed on lowest costs, limiting access to healthier and more sustainable food purchasing. While there are fragmented and regionalized efforts to build innovative procurement tools, there is weakness around national models that enable for change at scale. Provincial, federal, and international acts and agreements need to define, measure and defend responsible criteria when it comes to purchasing healthy and local foods.
The creation of a National Food RFP Model will take place through research around current RFP models, documentation of compliance rules and the engagement of major stakeholders to co-develop the model. This RFP model will be beta-tested, evaluated and refined for a provincial and national roll-out. An ideal RFP model will incorporate “best in-class” criteria, be endorsed by ministries and national GPO’s and ultimately result in improved patient/resident health and stay experience.