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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 the United States and tribal nations, 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.

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