Today, cities are faced with the local impacts of a global and industrialized food system: hunger, obesity and nutrition-related diseases (and associated health care costs), and environmental degradation. Many municipalities have started to connect the dots between the health of their residents and regional, state, federal and even international food and agricultural policies.
The goals of the LA Food Policy Council reflect a vision to shift our regional food system to promote local growers, sustainable agriculture and fair working conditions for all food workers, and to ensure access to healthy, affordable food in underserved neighborhoods.
The collective impact priorities below reflect the collaborative efforts of the LA Food Policy Council Leadership Board, Working Groups and staff:
- Equitable access to healthy food for underserved communities
- Increase the number of healthy food retailers operating in neighborhoods with limited healthy food choices
- Create a city-wide permit system for sidewalk vending as a way to support viable economic opportunities for food entrepreneurs; increase healthy food options in under-served areas.
- Achieve universal acceptance of EBT / WIC at all farmers’ markets.
- Support the transformation of vacant, blighted land in low-income neighborhoods into community-serving and food growing spaces
- Build durable market demand for Good Food – food that is sustainable, fair, healthy, humane and local
- Strengthen and expand the Good Food Purchasing Program to other major institutions. across the City and County and leverage the purchasing power of major institutions to transform food supply chains.
- Support sustainable and equitable infrastructure for a Good Food system
- Connect regional good food producers to neighborhood markets in low-income communities through COMPRA Foods, a fresh food delivery service jointly operated with LURN.
- Ensure that all food scraps are collected and recycled into a usable product such as biogas, compost, livestock feed, or fuel; and meet the City’s Zero Waste goals of 90 percent waste.
- Serve as a space to catalyze, coordinate and connect a multi-sector movement for Good Food in Los Angeles
To read more about LAFPC’s strategic priorities over the years, click on the PDF link below.