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How Food Policy Councils Are Organized and Operate

How Food Policy Councils Are Organized and Operate

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Published by: Ryan Van Lenning on Mar 04, 2012
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How Food Policy CouncilsAre Organized & Operate
The North CarolinaFood Policy Council hasscored some remarkableresults since its creationin 2001 in its role as theofficial policy office ofthe state’s Departmentof Agriculture andConsumer Services.With its ability to offerrecommendations basedon thorough research tothe AgricultureDepartment, the Councilpaves the way for manysuccessful projects to feedthe state’s 900,000residents who experiencechronic bouts of hunger.The projects are designedto be a win-win situationnot only for the state’sconsumers and especiallyat-risk people, but forfarmers who supply acornucopia of affordable,nutritious food for the state-operated foodsecurity program.Examples of the food security programs operated by the NorthCarolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services include:
Volunteerswith the NorthCarolinaGleaningProject bag40,000 poundsof sweetpotatoes aspart of NationalHunger Awareness Dayobservances inJune, 2004.More than900,000 peoplein the stateexperiencechronic hunger each year.
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In this chapter,we’ll visit some successful food policy councils in the U.S. and see the impact of their work on food security in communitie they serve. 
Food Security Begins at Home: Creating Community Food Coalitions in the South
A farm produce gleaningproject that the departmentoperates made it possible forabout 350 North Carolinafarmers to donate more thansix million pounds of surplusand commercially-unusablefood in 2003 to the state’sestimated 900,000 residentswho experience poverty-levelhunger.
State and local Food Policy Councils(FPC’s) are an officially sanctioned bodycomprised of stakeholders from varioussegments of a food system. FPC's ainnovative collaborations between ciand government officials which give voiceto the concerns and interests of many whohave long been under-served by agriculinstitutions.retizenstural
FPC’s can broaden the discussion of foodand agricultural issues to facilitate a morecomprehensive examination of foodsystems. FPC’s serve as a forum in which people involved from many different partsthe food system and government can learnmore about what each does. This in turn provides stakeholders with more informationas to how individual actions impact localand regional food system s.FPC
By empowering a citizen group to make acomprehensive examination of a foodsystem, objective recommendations andideas for improving a food system can bemade. Initiatives resulting fromrecommendations in participating states haveincluded:
Creating a State Food Security Task Force
Developing guidelines for school nutrition programs
Promoting direct marketing opportunitiessuch as institutional purchasing
Implementing the farmers’ market nutrition program
Developing state-wide marketing initiativesto promote locally grown foods
Organizing regional conferences andnational workshopsto promote state and local FPC’s.-- DRAKE UNIVERSITYAGRICULTURAL LAW CENTER of 
Under its farm-to-schoolprogram, North Carolinafarmers sold $335,000 worth ofwatermelons, cantaloupes,tomatoes, apples, pumpkins,cabbage, broccoli and sweetpotatoes as a healthy additionto cafeteria foods such asspaghetti and chicken filetsandwiches in 54 of the state’s116 school districts.The State AgricultureDepartment also coordinates anetwork of farmers’ marketsthat makes available healthful,delicious food to residents invirtually every part of NorthCarolina.And through its nine anti-hunger and food securityprograms, such as a summerprogram to provide meals forschool-aged children atpoverty level, the StateAgriculture Department lastyear requisitioned, stored anddistributed food valued at$41.1 million to agencies andorganizations feeding thehungry.
Food Security Begins at Home: Creating Community Food Coalitions in the South

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