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Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned

As the food and financial crises bring fresh urgency to concerns over hunger, food access, public health, labor and economic development – citizens and governments are beginning to connect these issues back to the food system as a whole. Councils are springing up across North America to “connect the dots” between the growing number of neighborhood food initiatives and communities forging policies for just, healthy food systems.

Food Policy Councils act as both forums for food issues and platforms for coordinated action. The first Food Policy Council started in 1982 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Since then Food Policy Councils have been established at state, local and regional levels across the county. Some have remarkable success stories. Others have failed, disbanded, or spun-off into other service and non-profit organizations.

Downloadable Documents
Alethea Harper, Annie Shattuck, Eric Holt-Gimenez
Oakland, CA: Food First
Page Numbers
Publication Date
January 01, 2009
Publication Type
Reports and Guides
et al. Author(s)
Alison Alkon and Frances Lambrick
Food Policy Councils, Local / Regional Food Systems

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