University at Buffalo Local Food Vendors

Robert Galbraith filed this request with the University at Buffalo Faculty Student Association of New York.
Due June 29, 2016
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Robert Galbraith

To Whom It May Concern:

Under the provisions of the New York Freedom of Information Law, Article 6 of the Public Officers Law, I hereby request a copy of all records or portions thereof pertaining to, or containing the following:

Amount of money spent with local food vendors listed on UB's "Sustainable Foods" web page ( from 2011 through the present, broken out by vendor, including, but not limited to, amounts spent with: Great Lakes Cheese, Perry's Ice Cream, Johnston Paper, Barilla, Niagara Fresh Fruits, Boulevard Produce, Upstate Farms, Galbani/Sorrento, US Foods Service, McCullagh Coffee, Desiderio Produce, Pepsi Co., Battistoni, General Mills, Wardynski's Meats, Rich's, Rosina Foods, Al Cohen's Bakery, Costanzo's Bakery, Empire Cheese, The Basket Co., Frito-Lay, Chobani Yogurt, NY Malted Waffle, Midstate Bakery, Regional Distributors, Kreher's Farm, Eden Valley Growers, Piedmonte Farms, Freatman Farms, Robinson Farms, Dobbins Orchards, Bowman Farms and Goodman Farms.

I understand that there is a fee of $0.25 per page for duplication of the records requested; however, this request is a matter of public concern and is not being made for commercial usage. As such, I request that any fees associated with providing requested records be waived. I also request that documents be provided in electronic format if at all possible. Doing so would eliminate the need to copy the materials and provides another basis for my requested fee waiver.

If, however, such a waiver is denied, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

As you know, the Freedom of Information Law requires that an agency respond to a request within five (5) business days of receipt of such request. Therefore, I would appreciate a response as soon as possible.

If you determine that some but not all of the information is exempt from disclosure and that you intend to withhold it, I ask that you redact it for the time being and make the rest available as requested. In any event, please provide a notification citing the legal authorities on which you rely if you determine that any or all of the information is exempt and will not be disclosed.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter; I look forward to hearing from you shortly.


Robert Galbraith

From: Brady, John

Hi Terry,
Time got away from me today on my way to Ireland. Can u draft me a response to the foil. Then only wAy we could get this info is to go through every invoice 10k and extract the data by hand. Or we could hand the invoices over to him
Sent from my iPhone

From: Robert Galbraith

Hi John,

I don't know if your email also went to its intended recipient, but you accidentally emailed me with your request for someone on your staff to respond to my FOIL request.

It would be preferable if you could extract the data from your invoices with vendors, but just sending me the invoices would be acceptable as well.

I should highlight that someone has apparently already compiled this information for at least the year 2015, as UB CDS makes the claim on several of its sites that it spent a total of $3.9 million with the vendors named in my request.


Rob Galbraith

From: Robert Galbraith

Mr. Brady,

I have not heard a response from you since you accidentally emailed me about this request on June 24th.

When will records responsive to this request be made available?


Robert Galbraith

From: Robert Galbraith

Mr. Kohl,

When I submitted the FOIL request to Jeff Brady for this information, he accidentally sent an email to me indicating that UB FSA is, in fact, in possession of this information. If UB FSA does not wish to tabulate the amount spent with each vendor in the time period requested, you may satisfy my request by providing contracts with the specified vendors.

Thank you,

Robert Galbraith


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