The ACRE Collective: Advancing Agriculture, Community, Resilience & Equity through Values-Based Procurement recently launched in Georgia. The ACRE Collective centers on garnering food purchasing commitments from Atlanta-area anchor institutions, while shifting procurement to producers that share these institutions’ values.

Advancing Agriculture, Community, Resilience & Equity through values-based procurement

Schools, hospitals, corporations, and other community institutions can affect positive social change through intentional procurement practices. By incorporating food purchasing standards that align with core values, institutions can influence public health outcomes, boost regional economies, mitigate climate change, and improve racial equity via their food purchasing decisions.


Acre Collective Institutional Food Service Chef

What does The ACRE Collective do?

Builds market demand.

• Via diverse programs and experience-informed strategies, we build demand for values-based food procurement from Atlanta area institutions like public schools, colleges, universities, hospitals and community organizations.

Supports farmers.

• We provide land access, technical assistance, and capacity building for farmers, particularly

farmers of color, interested in selling to wholesale markets to meet the growing demand from Atlanta-based institutions.

Distributes food.

• We aggregate food from local and sustainable family farms and distribute the food directly to institutional customers.

Get in touch

We are eager to partner with Atlanta area institutions, farmers throughout the Southeast, and community partners to improve our regional food and farm systems. For more information, contact The Georgia ACRE Collective Project Manager, Emily Hennessee at