This is a sustainable food services policy from the University of Washington Medical Center.
Implicit in the University of Washington Medical Center’s (UWMC) mission statement is its “commitment to the ongoing health of the people of the region.” This is a commitment to the wellbeing of UWMC patients, staff, visitors, students, the City of Seattle and the broader Northwest community it serves. The food we eat is critical to our wellbeing, and in times of sickness, our recovery. Similarly, the increasing production of local, sustainable and organic food products improves the strength of local economies and environments. UWMC’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) recognizes the importance of all of these factors and the vital role it plays as the purchaser of food products for this major institution. This document was drafted in recognition of these factors in order to direct us in our commitment to increasing the availability of local, organic and sustainable foods at UWMC.