Food Policy Council Map
The Food Policy Networks project has developed a map utilizing GIS technology 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.
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 update your council's information or add a new council to the directory and map, please fill out the respective forms.
Regional conveners of FPCs (not included in our FPC Directory) are listed below:
The California Food Policy Council’s 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 now has 26 ratified members that represent local communities from up and down the state of California.
The Colorado Food Policy Network (COFPN) includes representatives from local food system coalitions from all 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 will achieve this through coordinating collective statewide action and building the capacity of local coalitions to effect change at the local level. Specifically, the COFPN will implement peer mentoring, leadership development, and other technical assistance; host regional and statewide convenings; develop key metrics and a statewide food systems plan; create a state policy platform; and build a shared digital mapping and data system.
CT Food Policy Council - established 1997
Jessica Mahon, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Connecticut Food Policy Council aims to facilitate overall communications and act as a liaison among the local food policy councils, with emphasis on sharing resources, best practices, and collaborative events, so that they can stay informed with what's going on statewide as well as be inspired to do more in their community. To streamline the communication process, the CT Food Policy Council sends out monthly newsletters, posts information to Facebook page (a private group for council members and local food policy council affiliates), as well as sends a representative to attend each local food policy council's monthly meetings. Furthermore the state council continues to find ways to collaborate with the local food policy councils through convening statewide conferences and partnering with them on new initiatives such as our new webinar series that will feature each local food policy council as a presenter.
Kansas Alliance for Wellness – established 2013
Missty Lechner, email@example.com
The Kansas Alliance for Wellness 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.
The Kentucky Food Policy Network (KFPN) is an active network representing at least 15 different local and regional food policy collaboratives. Created through a USDA NIFA Community Food Planning grant, the KFPN’s goals are:
- Sustaining a Kentucky Food Policy Network to promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues, and a Kentucky Food Policy Strategic Plan;
- Fostering the capacity of local/regional coalitions and alliances to increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities through resource support; and
- Increase access of low-income individuals to fresh local food through innovative approaches in implementing state and federal food and nutrition programs.
The Maine Network of Community Food Councils 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 launching the Maine Food Atlas (as a food council organizing tool), organizes statewide trainings focused on “Whole Measures for Community Food Systems, and hosts an annual Food Council Summit. They are also associated with The Maine Food Strategy, the statewide planning/organizing initiative which is further linked with other New England organizing through Food Solutions New England.
The FPN’s Chesapeake Food Policy Leadership Initiative aims to strengthen the capacity of food policy councils and other food policy entities to develop and utilize local and state policies to improve the Chesapeake region’s food system. For this project, the Chesapeake region includes MD, VA, DE, WV, PA, and NJ. To achieve this goal, it reviews and assesses best practices, model policies, and innovative policy proposals that address food system improvement, and then trains practitioners in their application through in-person workshop, regional networking, and direct consultation with both organizations and individuals.
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is supporting the development of a statewide local food council network. The network will provide a space for these councils to talk with one another, share ideas and resources and collaborate on policy change or funding applications. The network will also connect local councils to statewide policy information, issues and actions; provide technical assistance, organize and lead training opportunities on a variety of issues affecting local councils; and host at least two in-person meetings a year.
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.
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.
The Virginia Food System Council seeks to be a central resource and communication conduit among regional, county, or city food councils in Virginia, to support common goals, bridge gaps, better inform one another, and collaborate on projects and initiatives that advance a sustainable and just food system throughout the Commonwealth. It has formed a Google Groups Network to encourage communication among regional and local food groups.
Funding permitting, they may facilitate annual or biennial food council meetings, attend/present at food council meetings, or set up and administer an online forum for food system working groups across the state.
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.