The Food Policy Networks (FPN) project is a project of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF), an interdisciplinary center at of the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
We define food policy councils (FPCs) and similar groups, which have grown rapidly in number over the past decade in North America, as networks that represent multiple stakeholders and that are either sanctioned by a government body or exist independently of government, and address food-related issues and needs within a city, county, state, tribal, multi-county or other designated region. Because collaboration amongst diverse sectors—community, government, nonprofit and private— has emerged as a long-term strategy to create systemic and meaningful improvements in the food system, the FPN project focuses on FPCs to build collaborative capacity of food system stakeholders to reform food systems through public policy.
The Food Policy Networks project is supported by three staff members at the CLF and senior adviser, Mark Winne. This small but mighty team manages the resources, research and activities that propel this project forward with guidance from a 10-person advisory committee and a network of dedicated food policy advocates.
- Anne Palmer, Program Director
- Karen Bassarab, Senior Program Officer
- Raychel Santo, Senior Research Program Coordinator
- Mark Winne, Senior Adviser
The Food Policy Networks project established the Advisory Committee to expand and deepen its ability to better serve the growing movement of food policy councils and other local and state efforts to address food policy. Currently comprising eight people who are drawn from academia, operating food policy councils, and public policy circles, the committee meets with project staff on a bi-monthly basis to critique project work, share resources and information from their perspectives, and offer general advice on the direction of the project. To date, the Advisory Committee has provided valuable insights that have influenced the direction of the project's training, the selection and compilation of resources, and opportunities for engagement with other regional and national groups.