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Funding Food Policy Councils: Stories from the Field (2015)

Food policy council (FPC) leaders consistently report challenges in securing and sustaining funding for staffing, council activities, and general operations. Initial funds may only provide for a few years of a council’s operations; a council may decide to transition its focus areas, changing which funders the FPC attracts; local government resources may become available (or dry up). As a FPC’s initiatives grow, it may need to increase its staff support. All of these reasons and more make funding a continuous challenge for FPCs. Since FPCs exist at a variety of jurisdictional levels, and with a variety of organizational structures and priorities, it follows that there is no single model for successfully funding an FPC. In this report, we describe the stories of how six city, county, and state FPCs across the country have funded their efforts over their years of existence.