This page uses data from Health Care Without Harm’s (HCWH) Healthy Food in Health Care (HFHC) 2016 survey, which reflects purchases from 2015. This survey collected data regarding characteristics of healthcare food service operations and local and sustainable food procurement policies and practices. The HFHC survey was distributed to a network of 150 facilities in New England of which 84 responded (56%). The data provided in this section is based on information from the survey respondents. Please note that this data is self-reported and may conflict with other data sources.

The original survey tool and the clean raw data are available for download at LINK HERE (new one needs to be uploaded). Please note that this data is self-reported and may conflict with other data sources. 


Hospitals in All New England States Reported Buying Local Food. 

MA had the highest number of respondents purchasing local food, followed by Maine and New Hampshire. 

At Least 63% of Respondents in Each State Reported Purchasing Local Food 

An average of 63% of Connecticut respondents said they purchased local food. The percent of Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont was in the 70th percentile rang, while New Hampshire and Rhode Island average exceeded 80%. 


Hospitals Buy Local Food from Different Sources

Thirty-four percent of respondents said they buy local food from their broadline distributor, while 31% reported buying local food from secondary distributors. Nearly a third were buying local food directly from farmers. Far fewer were accessing local food from food hubs, producer cooperatives, or other sources. 

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