Each of our individual dietary choices matter, but we have an outsized impact when we shape the dietary choices of the institutions that serve meals to hundreds, thousands, or millions of people every day. The Better Food Foundation shapes the food policies of institutions in order to
- Shift the meals they serve to plant-based meals, multiplying their positive impact on animals, the environment and public health.
- Shape the food norms of large numbers of diners by sending the message that plant-centered eating is delicious, inclusive, and easy, and is already being embraced by the community they eat with.
The Better Food Foundation has developed a variety of projects in-house and in partnership with others to help institutions make this shift. Since 2018, BFF has developed and promoted a Plants-By-Default strategy that uses behavioral “nudges” to motivate people to choose meals that are better for humans, animals and the planet. Learn more about our impact on institutional dining in cities, universities, NGOs and the private sector in our blog series on Medium.
Learn more about these projects and get connected to resources for the communities and institutions you are a part of:
Greener by Default
Greener by Default was incubated by BFF and now provides direct technical consulting services to corporations, universities and hospitals on menu design, data analysis, and supply-chain development. As of 2023, Greener by Default is its own organization. To support their corporate campaigning work, visit their website.
Good Food Purchasing Program
BFF’s team members are implementation partners of the Center for Good Food Purchasing, which helps entire cities and school districts shift their food sourcing strategies to align with five values: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare and nutrition.
Jewish Initiative for Animals
Jewish Initiative for Animals (JIFA) helps Jewish institutions make plant-based foods the default in their communities and provides both technical assistance and educational programs. JIFA’s institutional food policy work was developed in collaboration with DefaultVeg and is funded by a grant from the Better Food Foundation.
CreatureKind helps Christian institutions make plant-based foods the default in their communities and provides both technical assistance and educational programs. The DefaultVeg project originated at CreatureKind and their institutional food policy work is funded by a grant from the Better Food Foundation.
New Roots Institute
New Roots Institute’s student internship program trains college students to advocate for DefaultVeg and other meat reduction strategies in their college dining halls and student organizations.