Food Policy Coalition History
Food Policy Coalitions are typically comprised of stakeholders from various segments of a local food system; production, distribution, processing, consumption, and waste recovery. The primary goal of many FPCs is to review the local food system and provide ideas and recommendations for improvement. Creating partnerships with community, business, agriculture, and government can also produce meaningful solutions through changes in public policy.
Montgomery County has a history of community collaboration and was pursuing outlets to improve access to healthy food in underserved neighborhoods. In November of 2010, we convened a food summit. After the summit, there was interest to continue a community dialogue to deal with our issues around hunger and to improve our local food system. In February of 2011, we conducted a facilitated meeting and formed the Montgomery County Food Policy Coalition. Participants separated into four groups which became the committees of the MCFPC.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS:
Co-Chair: Judy Dodge, Montgomery County Commissioner
Co-Chair: Jeff Cooper, Health Commissioner, Dayton/Montgomery County Public Health
Joyce Gerren, Community Volunteer
Matt Joseph, City of Dayton Commissioner
Michelle Riley, CEO, The Foodbank
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
- Create partnerships with business, agriculture, government, and the community to produce meaningful solutions through changes in public policy and programs.
- Provide educational and networking opportunities that bring people together from all sectors of the local food system to generate new relationships, collaborations and ideas.
- Initiate research, policies, and programs to improve our local food system and reduce hunger and health issues related to poor nutrition.
- Serve as a hunger and local food system resource to the community.
Why was a food policy coalition a good idea?
- We wanted to improve access to healthy, affordable food in neighborhoods where transportation and lack of availability is an issue.
- We wanted to improve our local food system to reduce hunger and health issues.
- We wanted to involve the community in this effort.
- We wanted to create partnerships with community, business, agriculture and government to produce solutions to these problems.