My community partner was the Center for Good Food Purchasing- an organization that helps public institutions implement values based food procurement with standards for local economies, health, valued workforce, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability. As the Policy and Programs Research Intern I supported the Director of Institutional Impact in building resources to support program participants in identifying model policies and best practices around values-based purchasing. My work will contribute to an “Action Planning Toolkit” that will be provided to the Center’s partner institutions to help them meet their goals more efficiently. In the course of my time with the center, I learned all about the state of food procurement in the US, possibilities for betterment, and key players/organizations in the fight for a more just, equitable, and sustainable food system. I’m excited to take what I learned into my future career!