Flower City Pickers is a volunteer organization in Rochester, NY, that is committed to rescuing food that would otherwise be tossed aside and turning it into hot, healthy, vegetarian meals for those who need it most. Originally a one-man show operating under the radar and with a rickety hand-cart, Flower City Pickers has grown into a group of 400 rotating volunteers and an essential partner for the City of Rochester's Public Market. Food is rescued from vendors at the Public Market (before it ever hits a dumpster) and is distributed to local food shelters and pantries, turned into vegetarian meals at a halfway house and served to the local community, and given away for free in the founder's front yard.
By downloading this image, you agree to use the photo within the context that it was taken. You also agree to never use it for commercial purposes. The image always belongs to the original photographer and should be attributed to the photographer and Center for a Livable Future Food Policy Networks Photo Contest. Image credit: Matt Kelly; CLF Food Policy Networks Photo Contest, 2016
Photo: The Leaders of Harrison Homes
Regional Fresh Food Council
The Regional Fresh Food Council has embarked on collecting over 500 conversations regarding the local food system in 5 months in 5 counties. These conversations are guided by food system questions targeting areas in need.
By downloading this image, you agree to use the photo within the context that it was taken. You also agree to never use it for commercial purposes. The image always belongs to the original photographer and should be attributed to the photographer and Center for a Livable Future Food Policy Networks Photo Contest. Image credit: Denise Urycki, Regional Fresh Food Council; CLF Food Policy Networks Photo Contest, 2016
Photo: The Montgomery Food Council Members
Montgomery County Food Council
Montgomery County Food Council members gathered for community building at Chocolate and Tomatoes Farm.
By downloading this image, you agree to use the photo within the context that it was taken. You also agree to never use it for commercial purposes. The image always belongs to the original photographer and should be attributed to the photographer and Center for a Livable Future Food Policy Networks Photo Contest. Image credit: Diana Ash, Montgomery County Food Council; CLF Food Policy Networks Photo Contest, 2016
The Deep South has a strong agricultural history, but too many resources are concentrated in the hands of a few. Now a group of African American farmers in Mississippi and Alabama are banding together to access larger markets, engage young people and redefine farming as a path to prosperity.
Food system assessment is an important first step toward understanding the local food system and identifying opportunities for strengthening and enhancing the system. Community food assessments (CFAs) may also serve as a starting point for building relationships and beginning conversations among diverse community members and stakeholder groups about the local food system and how they would like to see it grow or change. This guide supports the process of conducting a CFA in your community.While some of the information is specific to Kansas, much of it can be applied to other areas of the country.
In the past decade, California urban agriculture has broken through the asphalt and into the core of the politics and practice of urban life. Today, the many forms of urban agriculture are as diverse as the people who tend the soil in cities throughout the state. This brief explores whether urban agriculture (and more specifically, California legislation AB 551) contributes to structural transformation, increasing inequality and gentrification, or all of the above.
On March 3, 2016, Austin (Texas) City Council passed Resolution 20160303-020, which directed the City Manager to 1) develop recommendations for improving access to fresh, healthy and affordable food, and 2) provide a status update on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enrollment, as well as recommendations to improve those efforts. The Resolution also requested a fiscal note for consideration. The recommendations provided in this document as a response to that resolution were developed with the goal of creating lasting change that could be sustained over the long-term. They are designed to build on the strengths and interests of community members, as well as existing City of Austin initiatives and community partnerships.
A variety of health care institutions across the U.S. have begun to adopt programs, practices and polices to support a healthy food system. Following their model, any facility can choose one, a few or all of the recommendations in this menu to improve the quality of its food choices.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Services
The goal of this toolkit is to guide and enhance the capacity of local organizations to make more deliberate and credible measurements of local and regional economic activity and other ancillary benefits. The Toolkit is made up of seven modules that can be grouped into two stages of food system planning, assessment, and evaluation. The first set of modules (1-4) guides the preliminary stages of an impact assessment and includes framing the system, relevant economic activities and assessment process as well as collecting and analyzing relevant primary and secondary data. The second set of modules (5-7) provides a more technical set of practices and discussion of how to use the information collected in stage one to conduct a more rigorous analysis.
Created by Dawn Thilmany McFadden, Allie Bauman, Rebecca Hill and Becca B.R. Jablonski, David Conner, Steven Deller, David Hughes, Ken Meter and Megan Phi
Significant health and environmental consequences are associated with industrialized meat and poultry production and distribution, including antibiotic resistance, and air and water contamination. This health care procurement guide, focused on meat and poultry, helps facilities start purchasing plans that take these critical issues into consideration and overcome barriers to identifying and accessing sustainably-raised or grown products.
Food and Farm Councils have quickly become a trend in Kansas. They are being established in communities all over the state with efforts led by diverse health, agriculture, and economic development partners. This webinar discussed what Food and Farm Councils are, and what steps communities have taken to establish these councils. Additionally, it covered what Public Health Law Center tools are available, and how to use the tools to support new or future food policy work in your community.While some of the information is specific to Kansas, much of it can be applied to other areas of the country.
While midsize family farms in Iowa and across America have been disappearing for decades, this found that increased demand for fresh, sustainably-grown local food offers new economic opportunities for farmers and rural communities. According to the report, smart public policies that connect local farmers to large food buyers such as supermarkets, restaurants, hospitals and school districts can help bring back midsize farms, create thousands of jobs and boost the local economy.
Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law
This fact sheet outlines the key components of the Kansas “Government Control” law passed in 2016 that granted state government control over regulation and oversight of food service operations, retail food establishments, and other matters concerning local food and agricultural practices. This resource explains the law and its potential implications for local and statewide efforts to increase access to healthy foods in Kansas.
Accompanying webinar, featuring Kathy Damron, Julie Ralston, Missty Lechner, provides an overview of what the Government Control Law (HB 2595/SB 366) says and how it impacts food systems work in Kansas.
Grow Pittsburgh, Penn State Extension - Allegheny County, and Pittsburgh Food Policy Council
Changes to the City of Pittsburgh's Urban Agriculture Zoning Code in July 2015 made it easier to get permits for raising animals and bees, and made agriculture a permitted primary use of land within the city. These new developments inspired the creation of this resource guide to help aspiring urban growers navigate the requirements for growing and selling food in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Racism, the systemic mistreatment of people based on their ethnicity or skin color, affects all aspects of our society, including our food system. While racism has no biological foundation, the socio-economic and political structures that dispossess and exploit people of color, coupled with widespread misinformation about race, cultures and ethnic groups, make racism one of the more intractable injustices causing poverty, hunger and malnutrition. Racism is not simply attitudinal prejudice or individual acts, but an historical legacy that privileges one group of people over others. This report is first in a series about how racism and our food system have co-evolved, how present-day racism operates within the food system, and what we can do to dismantle racism and build a fair, just and sustainable food system that works for everyone.
Government procurement—the process by which the federal, state, and local governments use tax dollars to purchase goods and services—can both improve american diets and benefit local food systems. This guide provides an overview of the factors affecting whether a state or local agency may procure locally produced food and agricultural products.
ImpacTeen at the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Youth, Education and Society at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan; and, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Bridging the Gap was a nationally recognized research program with the goalto improve the understanding of how policies and environmental factors affect diet, physical activity and obesity among youth, as well as youth tobacco use.The program offers research, data and tools related to school district wellness policies, state obesity-related policies, and soda/snack taxes.
Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity
This manual provides guidance adn tools for local governments to develop their own Racial Equity Action Plans after a period of research and information gathering. Government Alliance on Race and Equity created a Racial Equity Action Plan template after a national scan of promising practices from cities and counties that have developed plans for racial equity and the structures that supported successful planning processes.
Created by Ryan Curren, Julie Nelson, Dwayne S. Marsh, Simran Noor, and Nora Liu
This report looks at how local governments and community groups in five U.S. cities, Baltimore, Louisville, Memphis, Minneapolis and Oakland, are working to make affordable, healthy food available to more people and empower them to build better food systems. These cities are large and diverse, with higher poverty rates than the nation as a whole, but local leaders have found ways to give struggling residents more access to affordable, nutritious food.
A Governance and Membership Subcommittee led the drafting process for the articles in the bylaws. All Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Food Policy Advisory Council appointed members were given the opportunity to discuss and submit feedback on the bylaws, and then the subcommittee put them to a vote for approval.