Food purchasing always reflects a budget, but does it also reflect your Jewish community’s values? JIFA is helping Jewish leaders design ethical food purchasing policies that reflect their institution’s values. Our approach combines the study of Jewish texts, the latest science, and reflection on community values to create policies that honor the Jewish commitment to compassion for animals.
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Start Where You Are
Even making just one commitment, like buying higher welfare eggs or reducing meat consumption, means you can be part of our 2017 cohort of participants. An ethical food purchasing policy can be as simple as a single sentence or it can be a complex document that provides detailed information on exactly what products meet your values.
Put it Online and Get Noticed
When you make your policy, even if it is just the first draft, consider posting it on your website, blog, or social media. After you post it, let us know about your new or existing policy at JIFA@farmforward.com and we will help promote your achievement.
Consider a Food Audit
The Hazon Seal of Sustainability is a certification for Jewish institutions that provides a roadmap to advance sustainability-related education, action, and advocacy in the Jewish community. JIFA partnered with Hazon on the animal welfare components of the seal. Check out Hazon’s Food, Animal Welfare, & Food Justice Audit here and consider doing an audit at your institution as one way to work towards the creation of your food policy.
When you take the time to align your food choices with your values, every meal provides an opportunity to express shared commitments to creating a better world. Jewish communities often report attracting new members as a result of making their food policies highly visible online and at meals. And perhaps most important of all, the process of design, implementation and continually evaluating and adapting food purchasing policies creates opportunities to engage existing members in new ways.