LOS ANGELES FOOD POLICY COUNCIL

ANNUAL REPORT 2016

At the Los Angeles Food Policy Council...
We are devoted to the health, sustainability and fairness of food in our region. We believe all communities deserve
access to good food, grown in a way that respects people and the planet. Our strategy to achieve this is inclusive
civic engagement and policy solutions that address hunger, health disparities, environmental sustainability and
working conditions within our local food system.
This year we celebrated several policy victories, which we hope will have a positive lasting effect in the lives of
Angelenos:
• After much hard work by the Urban Agriculture Working Group, in April the Los Angeles County Board
of Supervisors adopted the first major policy on urban agriculture for the county. The new policy creates
incentives to transform vacant or blighted properties into urban farms, community gardens and urban
agricultural learning centers.
• In May, we made major progress on ensuring farmers markets in the City of Los Angeles are accessible to
people of all incomes when the Los Angeles City Council agreed to create an ordinance requiring CalFresh/
EBT be accepted at all farmers markets.
• Our Food Waste Rescue and Prevention Working Group worked for the passage of Zero Waste LA, which
we expect will divert hundreds of thousands of tons of food from landfills every year.
• The City of Los Angeles expanded the Good Food Purchasing Policy to include Los Angeles World Airports,
ensuring a portion of the airports’ $7 million in food contracts goes to local, sustainable suppliers who treat
their workers well and honor animal welfare.
• Our Healthy Neighborhood Market Network helped dozens of neighborhood market owners become good
food providers and champions within neighborhoods with limited food access.
None of this work happens through one organization or leader. LAFPC is home to a vibrant ecosystem of change
and collaboration, bringing together over 300 organizations and thousands of individual community members to
collaborate on policy through eight Working Groups, quarterly convening of the Network, and the food system
expertise of our Leadership Board.
Because we are passionate about creating an inclusive and fair food system in Los Angeles, we know that
commitment starts within our own organization. We ally ourselves with those communities most impacted by a
broken food system, including low-income communities, people of color and immigrants. As a team, we proudly
reflect the diversity of Los Angeles: women, mothers, people of color, LBGTQ, multi-lingual and children of
immigrants. This year, as we grew to 9 staff members, we deepened our internal learning and reflection around
how we practice inclusivity and prioritize equity at every level of our organization through our team’s regular
“Equity Practice.” Every day, we learn and grow more, seeking to make LAFPC an organization that responds to
the greatest need and is welcoming to all.
At its heart, LAFPC is a project to achieve inclusive democracy by creating new pathways of participation in policy
making. The achievements and progress of 2016 remind us that the collaboration of diverse communities results
in systemic changes that serve the health and well being of all. We are grateful to our partners, Leadership Board
members, donors and funders who are committed to this same vision of collective impact and Good Food for All.

Executive Director

OUR TEAM AND BOARD

Clare Fox
Executive Director

Camille de la Vega
Operations &
Communications Coordinator

Breanna Hawkins
Policy Director/Research
Fellow

Daniel Rizik-Baer
Program Director,
Healthy Neighborhood
Market Network

Iesha Siler
Policy Associate

Esther Park
Program Associate,
Healthy Neighborhood
Market Network

Chair: Joann Lo | Co-Director, Food Chain Workers Alliance
Vice Chair: Rudy Espinoza | Executive Director, Leadership for
Urban Renewal Network (LURN)
Andrea Misako Azuma
Jeff Biddle | Executive Coordinator of Purchasing, Southern Pacific
Region, Whole Foods
Emelio Castañeda | President, Field Fresh Foods
Paula Daniels | Founder, Los Angeles Food Policy Council, California
Water Commissioner
Francesca de la Rosa | Director of Policy & Strategic Alliances,
Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge & Services (WORKS)
Robert Egger | President, L.A. Kitchen
Michael Flood | CEO, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
Gwendolyn Flynn | Policy Director, Built Environment, Community
Health Councils
Chef Ray Garcia | B.S. Taqueria and Broken Spanish
Robert Gottlieb | Executive Director Emeritus, Urban &
Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College
John Grant | Secretary-Treasurer, UFCW Local 770
Hop Hopkins | Co-Founder, Panther Ridge Farms, Director of
Strategic Partnerships, Sierra Club
Evan Kleiman | Radio Host, KCRW Good Food
Bob Knight | Farmer, Old Grove Orange, Inc.
Amy Knoll Fraser | Managing Partner, Vibiana Events
Mary M. Lee | Deputy Director, PolicyLink
Martha Matsuoka | Director, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute
at Occidental College
Phil McGrath | Farmer, McGrath Family Farms

Haan-Fawn Chau
Special Projects Manager

Stephanie Gomez
Program Associate,
Healthy Neighborhood
Market Network

Amber Orozco
Administrative Coordinator
Healthy Neighborhood
Market Network

Rick Nahmias | Founder/Executive Director, Food Forward
Jill Overdorf | Director of Business and Culinary Development
& Corporate Executive Chef, Coosemans Shipping
Leah Ross | Retail Marketing Coordinator, Brookfield Property
Partners
D’Artagnan Scorza | Executive Director, Social Justice Learning
Institute
Matthew Sharp | City of Los Angeles Health Commissioner
Timikel Sharpe | Deputy Director of Food Services, Los Angeles
Unified School District
Paul Simon | Chief Science Officer, Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Wendy Slusser | Associate Vice Provost & Clinical Professor,
UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative & UCLA Schools of Medicine
and Public Health
Rachel Surls | Sustainable Food Systems Advisor, UC Cooperative
Extension Los Angeles County
Frank Tamborello | Executive Director, Hunger Action Los Angeles
Daniel Tellalian | Managing Partner, Avivar Capital/CA FreshWorks
Fund
Robert Tse | Community Planning and Development Specialist,
California Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Joseph Vaughn | Food Services Director, LAUSD
Terri Williams | Director of Environmental Health, County of
Los Angeles, Department of Public Health.
Jin Ju Wilder | Director of Marketing, LA-SF Speciality
Goetz Wolff | Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA Luskin School
of Public Affairs

WHAT IS GOOD FOOD?

POLICY AND COLLABORATION

A Good Food System:
• Prioritizes the health and well-being of residents
An Ecosystem of Collaboration:Working Groups & Network
• Makes healthy, high quality food affordable
• Contributes to a thriving economy where all
LAFPC coordinates an ecosystem of collaboration that includes
participants in the food supply chain receive fair
over 300 organizations and hundreds more individuals participating
compensation and fair treatment
in 8 Working Groups and our public Network events.
• Protects and strengthens our biodiversity and
natural resources throughout the region
• Ensures that Good Food is
LAFPC Working Groups are organized by policy issues: Farmers
accessible to all

Markets for All, Food as Medicine, Food Waste Prevention and Rescue,
Good Food Purchasing Policy, Healthy Food Retail and Equitable Food
Access, School Gardens, Street Food, and Urban Agriculture

Here are a few of our significant policy wins this year:

Food Waste Prevention and Rescue
The mission of the Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Working Group is to eliminate the one million tons of
food waste that is sent to LA’s landfills every year through policies that address recovery and recycling of food for
donations, compost, livestock feed, or energy, while supporting high environmental and worker standards and our
local urban farms and soils.
• Historic Zero Waste LA franchise contracts signal significant progress on food recovery services in the
City of Los Angeles. LAFPC Working Group members partnered with the Don’t Waste LA Coalition led
by LA Alliance for a New Economy to ensure that LA City’s new exclusive franchise contracts for waste
collection include food waste recovery. Now waste haulers are required to offer food donation options, and
provide education on ways to divert food from landfills. Zero Waste LA applies to all multi-family residential
and commercial building in the City of LA, and will begin in summer 2017.
• LAFPC partnered with LA County Department of Public Health to launch the LA County Food
Redistribution Initiative to dispel myths about food donation and encourage more food businesses to donate.
As a result, the food industry will soon have guidelines for safe methods to prevent food waste, donate and
recycle excess food.
• Food Waste Recovery Practices and Partners Guide: As the City and County of LA work to improve
programs to divert food from landfills, the LAFPC Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Working Group
developed a guide for policymakers to understand trends, practices and partnership opportunities for food
donation to food banks, community composting and waste-reduction education.

we help residents around the county to start
“ Ascommunity
composting projects, the Food Waste
Prevention & Rescue Working Group keeps me
informed with new policies, budget changes, and
diversion goals issued by the city and
state.
- Michael Martinez,

Executive Director, LA Compost
and Working Group member

Farmers Markets for All
The Farmers Markets for All Working Group focuses on improving the accessibility and affordability of fresh food
for residents of all income levels and supporting small, local farmers through farmers’ markets, CSAs and farm popup stands. This year, the group emphasized ways to make farmers markets more accessible to low-income families
through CalFresh/EBT acceptance, marketing materials, promotion and technical assistance.
• In 2016, City Council unanimously approved a city policy to require all farmer’s markets to accept
CalFresh/EBT (the state version of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as
“food stamps.”)
• Through extensive outreach and education, LAFPC and partners achieved 95% voluntary compliance among
farmers markets before the policy even passed.
• In one day, we successfully signed up 26 farmers markets, CSAs and pop-up produce stands from across LA
County to accept CalFresh/EBT at a sign up event with the USDA. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Jose
Huizar and other city and community leaders joined us to celebrate the forward movement.

“Thank you for helping us
facilitate what ended up being
our region’s most exciting sign-up
ever. I was speaking with a few
participants yesterday about how
much of a testament the event
was to effective collaboration
between governing agencies and
organizations at every level.”
- Brenda Mutuma, Program Specialist,
USDA Food & Nutrition Service

should have access to healthy,
“ Allfresh,Angelenos
good food in the communities that they live,
work or visit. Our Working Group has connected
farmers markets and other agricultural retailers to
the support and resources to make this possible,
and continuously advocate for policy that will
make farmers’ markets more accessible to all.
- Jackie Krouse-Rivera

Program Director, Sustainable
Economic Enterprises of
Los Angeles and Chair of
Farmers Markets for All
Working Group

Urban Agriculture
The mission of the Urban Agriculture Working Group is to increase access to nutritious food and green space,
particularly in low-income neighborhoods, through policies that promote sustainable and local urban agriculture.
• Our research and education led to the passage of an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone (UAIZ) Policy in
Los Angeles County, which created a tax incentive to convert vacant lots into community gardens and urban
farms. The new program is now available to unincorporated Los Angeles County communities. The City of Los
Angeles and Long Beach are also considering adopting an UAIZ ordinance, which would make the benefit
available to properties in those jurisdictions.
• LAFPC facilitated connections between urban farmers and property owners. As a result, we have identified
seven community gardens that qualify for the benefit, and nearly two-dozen opportunities for new gardens or
farms.

LAFPC joined with the
Coalition for Urban Agroecology
Los Angeles (CUALA) to host a
first-of-its-kind Urban Agriculture
Summit for nearly 200 urban food
growers to discuss opportunities to
advocate for more urban
agriculture in Los Angeles.

Urban Agriculture Incentive
“ The
Zone Program has the ability
to be a significant tool in
addressing the alarming issues
of insufficient food access and
blight that permeate too many
of our communities.

-Los Angeles County Supervisor
Mark Ridley-Thomas

LAFPC NETWORK

Creating public discourse, Growing the movement, Advancing Policy

The Network is a public event series for change makers to network, learn and build capacity on critical food
system issues. Attracting hundreds of advocates, entrepreneurs, community members, and policy makers, the
Network connects the dots between policy, research and community efforts to build the Good Food movement.
In 2016, LAFPC hosted over 800 participants and 310 organizations at 5 public events in our Network
series. With an average attendance of over 150 stakeholders, the Network events provided a space for public
participation in current policy efforts underway at the City and County of Los Angeles.

Farmers Markets for All: Hunger, Health and Universal EBT Access

Farmers market managers, anti-poverty and hunger advocates, and public health
experts discussed strategies to make LA’s farmers markets inclusive of Angelenos
of all income levels, including a proposed ordinance in the City of Los Angeles
to require all farmers markets to accept CalFresh/EBT (formerly known as
“food stamps”).
Key Partners: Hunger Action LA, Los Angeles Community Action Network,
Sustainable Economic Enterprises-LA, Los Angeles County Department of
Public Health and UCLA Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy.
Outcomes: Audience galvanized to educate farmers markets managers about
benefits of accepting CalFresh/EBT and invite them to special EBT sign-up event
with the USDA.

Voices of the Food Chain: The Power of Public Contracts for a Good Food System:

Public health, animal welfare, environmental and fair labor advocates
discussed the power of government food contracts to improve supply
chain conditions across our region with a highlight on positive impact
to food workers since the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles
Unified School District adopted the Good Food Purchasing Policy.
Key Partners: Food Chain Workers Alliance, Mercy for Animals, Real
Food Media/Small Planet Institute, Goldstar Foods, Teamsters, Los
Angeles County Department of Public Health and Office of City
Councilmember Paul Koretz.
Outcomes: Kick off campaign to encourage Los Angeles
County to adopt comprehensive standards to support local
economies, environmental sustainability, nutrition, animal
welfare and fair labor conditions through the Good Food
Purchasing Policy.

Food Day LA at LA City Hall:

Nearly 300 people attended the 6th annual Food Day at LA City Hall,
the city’s largest civic engagement day for food issues. Los Angeles City
Council honored 14 Good Food Champions from across the city,
and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability recognized city departments
for their progress on the Good Food Purchasing Policy. The event
showcased the work of over 30 organizations, and succeeded in
advancing three food policies for the City of LA: a final ordinance
requiring CalFresh/EBT at farmers markets, Urban Agriculture Incentive
Zones, and a motion exploring compost programs in LA.

Growing Resiliency: Climate and Emergency Preparedness in our
Local Food System:

Practitioners representing the entire food supply chain examined the local
food system through the lens of climate adaptation and disaster
preparedeness in dialogue with the Mayor Office of Resiliency and the City’s
Emergency Management Department.

Key Partners: Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Resiliency, City of Los Angeles
Emergency Management Department, Center for Popular Democracy
Outcomes: Prioritization of action steps toward implementing the Mayor’s Resilience
Strategy.

RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS
• Measuring Collective Impact: Food System Dashboard – Throughout the year, we updated and shared data
from our Food System Dashboard. The Dashboard combines nearly 200 indicators that measure the health,
sustainability and fairness of our local food system. Comparing today’s statistics to the Food System Snapshot
of 2013, and disaggregating data by race, socioeconomics and geography, we saw where we as a network of
organizations, agencies and communities have succeeded in making Southern California a Good Food region
and where we still have work to do. This year, we shared early findings at our Network events and with Working Group partners for input about how this data shapes future policy priorities. The full Food System Dashboard will be released in full in early 2017.
• Measuring Collaboration: LAFPC Leadership Board Social Network Study – More collaboration among
diverse communities means a stronger network and a greater capacity to effect change. To understand how
collaboration tangibly results from our work, we conducted a Social Network Analysis of the LAFPC Leadership Board. We found that participation on the LA Food Policy Council Leadership Board has dissolved clusters
and siloes, and led to an increase in the breadth and depth of collaboration of food system leaders.
• Good Food Review of the Ballot – We created the first-ever Good Food Review of the Ballot to help voters
make informed decisions about local and state ballot measures proposed in the November general election
through the lens of our local food system. We considered how 5 ballot measures- dealing with homelessness,
open space, transportation and plastic bags- would impact our local food system in terms of public health,
healthy food access, environmental sustainability, and the fairness of local food economies. The Good Food
Review of the Ballot was disseminated online, and 200 copies distributed at Food Day.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
GOOD FOOD PURCHASING POLICY
The Good Food Purchasing Policy (GFPP) offers a set of procurement standards that large institutions can adopt
to support local, small and mid-sized farmers; environmentally sustainable farming practices; fair labor, animal
welfare, and improved nutrition for food insecure communities.
Since its creation in 2012, GFPP has been adopted and
implemented locally by the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles
Unified School District with assistance from LAFPC. In 2015, GFPP
became a national initiative spearheaded by the Center for Good
Food Purchasing, which provides rigorous third-party verification
for participating institutions. Here’s some of the progress in LA in
2016:
• We successfully incorporated environmental, nutrition, local
economy, fair labor and animal welfare standards into food
contracts at LA Unified School District, LA City’s Summer
Lunch Program and the Greek Theater, impacting over 6
million meals.
• In 2016, LA’s Department of Recreation and Parks served 200,000 free meals to youth in public parks in
partnership with LA Unified School District on the Good Food Purchasing Policy for the third year in a row.
• Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), with more than $7 million in food contracts, adopted the Good Food
Purchasing Policy this year. We are working with LAWA to analyze food supply chain practices.
• We re-convened the Good Food Purchasing Policy Working Group on to expand good food procurement to
Los Angeles County.

Source: Civil Eats

HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET NETWORK
The Healthy Neighborhood Market Network (HNMN) is a program of the LA Food Policy Council that builds the
capacity of neighborhood markets residing in low-income neighborhoods to thrive as community-serving healthy
food stores. Through trainings and technical assistance, storeowners build skills and partnerships to successfully
expand healthy food options for their neighborhood.
In 2016, HNMN hosted 3 training events for over 40 neighborhood market owners, and provided customized
consultation, new equipment and marketing materials to 18 store owners who made significant changes to their
store environment and business to focus on healthy food. Of these, 94% reported increasing the volume and sale
of healthy food offered since participating in the program.
We also worked with our partners at LURN and Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance to grow
COMPRA Foods, a purchasing cooperative and produce delivery service for small markets. COMPRA Foods grew
by 22 stores this year, to a total of 32, from across the city including the neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, South
Los Angeles, Koreatown and Westlake-MacArthur Park. Twenty-two stores have received technical assistance support from our team. Of these, ten stores began offering fresh produce in their store for the first time, adding an
average of 8 new produce items, and twelve stores chose COMPRA Foods over other suppliers for convenience
and service
Participants in the HNMN and COMPRA Foods programs reflect changing attitudes about the way they view
their business and role in the community.

Before, I was planning to streamline operations in my store toward only keeping the guaranteed
money makers…Working with you all opened my eyes toward a different approach to business. Like
Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, I want to make this store a place that has products that I want to buy
too. I like to buy healthier stuff too! Now I want to do quick stuff plus healthy. If people
have access to it, people will buy it more. And education will change behaviors.
-Andy Lee, Sam’s Market

HOW WE GREW
LAFPC proudly welcomed several new Leadership Board Members:

• Chef Ray Garcia, B.S. Taqueria and Broken Spanish
• Martha Matsuoka, Director, Urban Environmental Policy
Institute at Occidental College
• Rick Nahmias, Founder and Executive Director of Food
Forward
• Frank Tamborello, Executive Director, Hunger Action LA
• Joseph Vaughn, Food Services Director, Los Angeles
Unified School District
• Terri Williams, Director, LA County Environmental
Health

And new staff…!

• Iesha Siler, Policy Associate
• Stephanie Gomez, Program Associate, Healthy
Neighborhood Market Network
• Amber Orozco, Adminitstrative Coordinator, Healthy
Neighborhood Market Network
• Karen Law, UCLA Luskin Leadership Fellow
• And Breanna Hawkins will be our Policy Director starting in 2017!

Good Food Gathering: We held our second fundraising event, an Angeleno-style farm-to-table meal at Moonwater
Farms in the City of Compton, and successfully raised $25,000 to support our programs.

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION

2,688 followers
(+25%)

2,112 followers
(+38%)

8,145 followers
(+33%)

3459 subscribers
(+22%)

27 PUBLIC SPEAKING Events +28 INTERVIEWs
Our work has attracted the attention of local and national media outlets including Civil Eats, Darling
Magazine, Huffington Post, LA Times, LA Weekly, LA Magazine, TakePart, KCET, and KCRW.

THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS AND PARTNERS
We are grateful to the foundations, companies and agencies that generously support our work.
California Community Foundation
California Wellness Foundation
Kaiser Permanente Community Benefits Program
Kresge Foundation
Flora Family Foundation
Max Factor Family Foundation
Panta Rhea Foundation
Los Angeles City Economic and Workforce Development Department
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
US Department of Agriculture
Weingart Foundation

Good Food Gathering Sponsors
D.A. Davidson
Kaiser Permanente
Field Fresh
Heath & LeJeune
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770
Brookfield Property Management

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
Our mission is to make Southern California a Good Food region—
where food is healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable – for everyone.
We do our work through policy, partnerships, research and building the capacity of change makers. Through
cross-sector collaboration, we connect government, business, and community leaders across the Los Angeles
food system to create solutions that address hunger and food access, environmental stewardship, our local food
economy and working conditions, and health disparities particularly for low-income communities of color.