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          March 22-24 2012                                   Lexington KY                                 Crestwood Christian Church, | Map1882 Bellefonte Dr. Lexington KY

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News release: March 15, 2013-Lexington City Council unanimously approves the Lexington Food Policy Council!

Well we are also caught up in March Madness ....with 4 days packed full of speakers, working groups, delicious meals, workshops, films, bees-chicks-goats-rain barrels-and composting wigglyWORMS all combined into the 2012 Bluegrass Local Food Summit. Planning 4 full frantic flavorful days of food frenzy would drive anyone mad!...or it could inspire us to dream!

We are dreaming that at least 1 Lexington City Council member will attend or send staff to the Food Policy Council Working Groups on 3/22 or 3/23 that Mark Winne  is facilitating and then give birth in 2013 to the Lexington Food Policy Council! Now that is March Madness…Babeeee!

 I can see the Herald-Leader headlines now:
 March 15, 2013 Lexington City Council unanimously approves the Lexington Food Policy Council!

BUT this does not have to be only a March Madness Hoop(house) Dream.... 

Join us for the
2012 Bluegrass Local Food Summit where dreams come true!
Let's work on our zone defense, our triangle offense and full court/council pressure to score a victory for the residents of Lexington!

The Louisville Cardinal Mayor and Council 
have already beat the Lexington Wildcat Mayor and City Council to the food policy council final four this year...but in 2013 we can have a rematch at the Local Food Summit!

The Lexington Food Policy Council was established in 2013 by unanimous approval of The Lexington City Council.

Mission: The Lexington Food Policy Council is committed to nurturing the development and maintenance of a sustainable, localized food system and food-secure city of Lexington in which all of its residents are hunger-free, healthy and benefit economically from the food system that impacts their lives.


Day 1 Thursday March 22, 2012

Day 2  Friday March 23, 2012

   Eating From Our Own Soil                              


  • Working Group #5 Creating a Local Food Policy Council                  
This session will work on education and development of food policy councils. It is appropriate for anyone who is interested in or involved with any organized effort to influence local and state food, agriculture, or nutrition policy. This session is an opportunity to learn more about policy, projects and partnerships that make up local food systems. It is also an occasion to network with individuals on the cutting edge of local and state food policy issues and will develop strategies for contributing to the development of the state food policy council and local councils throughout the state.

Facilitators: Mark Winne,   Joshua Jennings, Louisville Metro Government

What is a Food Policy Council?
Food Policy Councils (FPCs) bring together stakeholders from diverse food-related sectors to examine how the food system is operating and to develop recommendations on how to improve it. FPCs may take many forms, but are typically either commissioned by state or local government, or predominately a grassroots effort. Food policy councils have been successful at educating officials and the public, shaping public policy, improving coordination between existing programs, and starting new programs. Examples include mapping and publicizing local food resources; creating new transit routes to connect underserved areas with full-service grocery stores; persuading government agencies to purchase from local farmers; and organizing community gardens and farmers' markets.

While FPC's are not a new concept, their structures, practices, and policies are still evolving. Although the first Food Policy Council started 30 years ago in the city of Knoxville, only in the last decade have Food Policy Councils really gained momentum, and today there are over 100 councils nationwide (see the full list).

Currently no U.S. government entity has a Department of Food, so food-related issues are addressed by various agencies. This severely limits the potential for coordination, and for government to address broad goals such as improving access to healthy foods. Since they bring together a cross-disciplinary group of stakeholders, Food Policy Councils can help to bridge this gap and identify ways to address interconnected issues and improve the food system.

What can we offer?
The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC)'s national Food Policy Council (FPC) Program is designed to support, free of charge, the development and operation of current and emerging Food Policy Councils. The Program provides:
  • Information about food policy councils in the U.S., via this website and in response to specific inquiries;
  • Individualized assistance to food policy councils to help them strategize, problem-solve, and plan (mostly via phone and email, but occasionally including site visits);
  • Bimonthly conference calls on topics of interest to food policy council organizers, such as conducting food assessments, organizing policy campaigns, and raising funds;
  • Regional networking meetings to bring together food policy council organizers to network and share information;
This program also facilitates linkages between FPCs and local farmers and ranchers, especially those who are women, people of color, limited resource, and from other traditionally underserved groups. We have developed a report that gives examples of policy approaches that support these producers.

New to the program? Tell us about your work and what kind of support you could use.

Want to give feedback on the support you've received? Please fill out our Program Feedback survey.

Join CFSC's Food Policy Council listserv! It's a great way for Councils across the country to share resources, gain feedback, and discuss challenges and opportunities. Learn more.

For more information, contact:
Mark Winne
Food Policy Council Program
Phone: 505.983.3047
Email: mark@foodsecurity.org

The Louisville Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC) will be hosting a forum to engage decision-makers in the community around efforts to create a healthier, local food system. Our keynote speaker is esteemed author and food policy expert, Mark Winne, who will address the role of policy in changing our food system, our health and our lives. A panel discussion with local stakeholders will follow. Please RSVP to Josh Jennings, FPAC Coordinator, at Joshua.jennings@louisvilleky.gov or by calling 574-5716. Locally-sourced refreshments will be provided. 

Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is an important part of a healthy diet. However, not everyone has adequate opportunities to make the healthy choice. One way to increase access and improve quality of fruits and vegetables is through policy and environmental change.

A Food Policy Council works to identify and propose innovative solutions to improve local or state food systems, spur local economic development, and make food systems more socially just and environmentally sustainable.

Food policy councils are nonpartisan and made up of diverse community stakeholders that impact or are impacted by the food system. The goal is to foster communication across various sectors (production, distribution, processing, consumption and waste) and coordinate efforts to improve public health and enhance the local food economy.

Food Policy Advisory Council Final Report

Food Policy Advisory Council 2011 Action Plan

Louisville's Food Policy Advisory Council
The mission of the Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC) is to create a sustainable food system in Louisville by improving public health, reducing food insecurity, developing the local food economy and increasing access to affordable, healthy, culturally appropriate food for all Louisville Metro citizens.

The goals of the FPAC are as follows:

    1) To Improve Public Health and Reduce Hunger

    2) To Enhance the Local Food Economy

    3) To Build an Environmentally-Sustainable Food System

Click here to view a list of current council appointees.

Josh Jennings, a community health specialist with the Department of Public Health and Wellness’ Center for Health Equity will serve as the administrative coordinator for the FPAC. His position is paid for with funds from the $7.9 million Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant which the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement received earlier this year. The grant focuses on long and short term strategies to change systems, the environment and policies that increase physical activity and better nutrition.

For more information contact Josh Jennings at 574-5716 or click here to send an email.

Profile of Food Policy Councils by State

interactive map of food policy councils

Bluegrass Local Food Summit Co-sponsors: Employment Solutions/CTE, Interfaith Alliance of the Bluegrass, Bluegrass Community Foundation, Good Foods Market and Café’, Green Chalice/Disciples of Christ, Kentucky Proud Market, Crestwood Christian Church, Community Ventures Corporation, Temple Adath Israel,  Sierra Club-Cumberland Chapter, EcoC2 Services, Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice, Kentucky Department of Agriculture


Contact info:

Jim Embry

 Sustainable Communities Network

573 Stratford Dr. Lexington, KY 40503

http://sustainlex.org/, embryjim@gmail.com, 859-270-3699







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Profile of Food Policy Councils by State

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