Who We Are and How We Got Here
The Florida Food Policy Council is a burgeoning grassroots organization that is working toward fair and healthy food for all Floridians. We are currently in the process of filing for our 501(c)3 status with the IRS and are a registered nonprofit with the State of Florida. We are a volunteer run organization with over 150 members from various sectors of the state’s food system including academia, agriculture, health, hospitality, non-profit, and the public.
The inaugural general meeting of the membership occurred on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 in Fort Myers, in concert with the UF/IFAS Regional Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference. In the subsequent twelve months the Council held regional meetings in the NE, Central, NW, and NE regions, garnering over 100 members ranging from chefs, to food producers, to nonprofit representatives, to government employees. The Council has received support amongst such agencies as the Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Blue, UF/IFAS, Feeding Florida, Florida Organic Growers, and others.
During the April 3rd meeting, the members agreed on a Committee structure to include an Organizational Committee, a Policy Committee, a Communications Committee, and an Executive Committee. Additional achievements included development of policy agenda recommendations from the membership, which proved to be an ongoing theme at each future membership meeting. The recommendations from each session are given to the Policy Committee for compilation and review.
In 2017 the Council evaluated the data from the regional meetings and used that feedback to form a strategic plan. (See pdf of Action Plan).
We held the first annual meeting in Sanford on June 24th, 2017. Notes will follow.
The board meeting in Orlando on Nov 13th 2017 ratified our action steps.