Food Councils

Our Food System Coalition is commonly known as a Food Council, but we think of ourselves more broadly because we do more than recommend and advocate for policy. Also, we are a coalition of partners working together to improve our food system.


What do Food Councils do?

The work of food councils looks different in every community. *In general, food councils:

  • Engage experts to better understand the food environment.
  • Connect decision-makers and stakeholders to align programs and initiatives.
  • Educate leaders and the community.
  • Recommend program and policy change to affect the local food system.

In addition, our Coalition:

  • Identifies gaps in the system and works with members and communities to fill those gaps.
  • Provides technical assistance to food system stakeholders to strengthen our local food system and provide greater access to healthy food.


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