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Impact Study of Fletcher Allen Health Care's Local Food Procurement

CRS Research Specialist Florence Becot and CRS Fellow/CDAE faculty member David Conner recently completed an economic impact study of Fletcher Allen Health Care’s (FAHC) local food procurement. FAHC serves about 1.44 million meals a year to patients, hospital staff, and visitors. Approximately 40% of the food served comes from local suppliers in Vermont or from within a day’s drive and more than 90% of the beef served is from Vermont. Using IMPLAN, an input-output model, Becot and Conner found that FAHC’s spending of $1.784 million on Vermont food in 2012 generated an additional output of $1.746 million. Meaning that for every dollar that FAHC spends in Vermont, an additional $0.98 is added to the economy. This study was presented to the legislators during UVM day at the state capitol this past February.

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