Food Policy Council Map
Using GIS technology, the Food Policy Networks project has developed a map that shows the location of Food Policy Councils (FPCs) in the United States and Canada, and the locations of organizations that convene these councils at a regional level.
Food policy groups (FPGs) are being formed globally, as well. See our Food Policy Groups Around the World webpage for more information on FPCs, FPGs and similar groups around the world.
The map includes FPCs listed in our FPC Directory, which is based on our annual survey of food policy councils across North America. If you would like to add your food policy council to the directory or update your FPC’s information in the directory, contact Karen Bassarab at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In some areas, state and regional conveners bring together local food policy councils or other food systems stakeholders to build capacity, align efforts, and create a collective voice. Some states also have a statewide food policy council that works on policy change at the state level but does not convene local councils. You can find state FPCs in our directory.
The California Food Policy Council’s (CAFPC) purpose is to build the capacity of local food policy bodies to find common ground on statewide policy priorities, generate public support for those policies, educate policymakers on issues in our food system, and advocate for systems change in California. The CAFPC has 27 members that represent local food policy councils from up and down the state of California.
The Colorado Food Policy Network (COFPN) includes representatives from local food system coalitions from across the state as well as the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, CSU Extension, Hunger Free Colorado, the Farm to School Task Force, and LiveWell Colorado. The purpose of the COFPN is “to advance healthy, community-based, economically viable food systems that ensure all Coloradans have access to affordable, nutritious food.” The COFPN achieves this by coordinating collective action and building the capacity of local coalitions to effect change at the local level.
The Connecticut Food System Alliance (CFSA) is a statewide network of varied collaborators coming together to create a more just and equitable food system. CFSA intends to improve the food system by coordinating activity between state and local food councils that represent almost 20% of CT’s population. CFSA includes representation from the Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy, New London County Food Policy Council, New Haven Food Policy Council, and Bridgeport Food Policy Council. CFSA hopes to 1) increase food policy council effectiveness through sharing best practices and offering skill-building opportunities and 2) identify areas of shared interest for council alignment in order to create a shared food policy agenda.
The Hawaii Good Food Task Force and Network acts as a backbone for community-based food systems leaders in Hawaii.
Indiana University Sustainable Food Systems Science – established 2017
Jodee Ellett, email@example.com
Indiana University Sustainable Food Systems Science Initiative is supporting the development of the Indiana Food Council Network, launched in 2017. The network provides technical assistance and access to funding agencies to food councils, as well as engages food councils in events, gatherings and workshops to provide the education needed to support their missions. Councils in development as well as those with history are encouraged to attend online and in-person meetings and engage in peer to peer learning and sharing as we work together to move forward with a coordinated state agenda.
Kansas Alliance for Wellness – established 2013
Missty Lechner, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kansas Alliance for Wellness (KAW) is a statewide network of communities, organizations and individuals that are committed to improving the health of Kansans by creating healthy food and beverage environments. KAW acts as a network for communication, mobilization, resource sharing, education, and advocacy. Supported by the Kansas Health Foundation (which also supports the development of FPCs through grant opportunities), KAW is coordinating efforts to establish more local and regional food policy councils as well as leading advocacy efforts for the establishment of a state food policy council.
Maine Network of Community Food Councils – established 2010
Ken Morse and Bri Bowman, email@example.com
The Maine Network of Community Food Councils (MNCFC) knits together a dozen community food councils in Maine, serving over 100 towns. MNCFC has monthly meetings, has published a “Kickstart Guide to Community Food Scans and Engagement,” has distributed grant funds to local councils through a shared gifting process, is working on version two of the Maine Food Atlas, organizes statewide trainings focused on various food system issues, and hosts an annual Food Council Summit. MNCFC is associated with The Maine Food Strategy, the statewide planning and organizing initiative that is linked to other New England organizing efforts through Food Solutions New England. MNCFC is helping lead a network of networks organizing project aimed at gradually knitting together well over 100 groups working to create a more powerful Maine food movement
The Massachusetts Food System Collaborative was created following the completion of the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan in December 2015. The goals of the Collaborative are to promote, monitor, and facilitate implementation of the Plan. Hundreds of people and organizations throughout the state contributed their voices to the Plan, and the Collaborative engages this diverse range of stakeholders in working toward the recommendations in the Plan. Through this network, the Collaborative leads advocacy campaigns that emphasize cross-sectoral collaboration, support equity and sustainability in the food system, and have the potential for significant impact through coordinated grassroots efforts.
The Michigan Local Food Council Network brings together food councils to build their individual and collective capacities to work on food and food policy issues, operate effectively, and engage their communities, through peer-to-peer learning. The main roles of the network are to: provide a space for local councils to network with one another; connect local councils to statewide policy information, issues, and actions; assist local councils in building capacity; provide hands-on training to local food councils; connect local policy information, issues, and actions to other parts of the state; and connect local councils to national policy information, issues, and actions.
The Minnesota Food Charter Network is a statewide network that supports and fosters shared action towards healthy food access for all. The Minnesota Food Charter Network was formed in concert with the Minnesota Food Charter to support and track statewide implementation of Food Charter strategies through regional food networks and myriad other organizations. The Network seeks to grow into a supportive ‘ecosystem’ of people, information, relationships, and resources positioned to implement the 99 Food Charter policy and systems change strategies.
In addition to working directly on state level food policy, the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council helps establish local FPCs and other networks, and brings them together to collaborate on relevant statewide issues. It has conducted numerous advocacy trainings and convenings for local food policy leaders, including a NM Food and Farm Day at the state legislature.
Community Food Strategies works to strengthen FPCs emerging throughout North Carolina by linking them through a collective network, providing council development tools and resources, offering technical assistance and training, and hosting conferences.
The Ohio Food Policy Network is made up of interested people and organizations who share values and a common vision for the food system in Ohio. The Network acts as 1) a hub and a conduit for peer learning and exchange, capacity building, and technical assistance; and 2) a state-level body that enables the community to speak with one voice on larger scale issues.
Sustain Ontario's Municipal/Regional Food Policy Network offers participants a chance to share and discuss various local food initiatives and or policies as a way of developing, supporting, and promoting best practices across the food community. By bringing together farmers, planners, food council members, community organizations, and public health officials, this network connects and strengthens existing municipal regional level efforts striving for a healthy and sustainable food system. Network tools include bimonthly conference calls and a network news and resources mailing list.
The Oregon Community Food Systems Network (OCFSN) is a collaboration of 40 nonprofit organizations and allies dedicated to strengthening local and regional food systems to deliver better economic, social, health and environmental outcomes across the state. OCFSN provides networking, information sharing, research, education, training, planning, fundraising, coordination, evaluation, and communications capacity to enhance the ability of participating organizations to achieve their food system vision.
The Farm to Plate Network is responsible for collectively implementing the 25 Farm to Plate goals of Vermont’s food system plan as well as advancing their own organizational goals. The Network encompasses farms, food production businesses, specialty food producers, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, capital providers and government. Working Groups, Cross-cutting Teams, and Task Forces convene to work on high impact projects to re-localize the food system that no one organization can do alone, as well as assess gaps, opportunities, and trends and monitor progress towards reaching Vermont’s Farm to Plate goals.