Dear Food Policy Council Enthusiasts, Jodee Ellett, Local Foods Program Director with Purdue University, and I are launching a new, online professional development course to help Extension and community development colleagues build local food councils. Over 20 experts have contributed to the development of this course, including experts from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. We are so grateful for these … Continue reading Free Online Food Policy Council Course
I spent the past four days falling in love with Florida. A lifelong resident of this festival of flowers, I took an Old Florida trip and saw it new again. We stayed away from the interstates, gazing on green hills laden with live oaks and pecan groves, rolling through small towns forgotten by time. Tractors … Continue reading Secretary’s Note: Celebrate the State
Group Launches Council to Influence State-Level Policy Decisions SANFORD, FL – The Florida Food Policy Council will meet on Saturday, June 24th, at the Bettye D. Smith Cultural Center in Sanford, Florida, to officially launch the grassroots effort that members hope will influence policy decisions at the state level. Organizers began the effort in the … Continue reading Florida Food Policy Takes a Step Forward
SNAP, the acronym for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and historically known as the Food Stamp Program until the 2008 Farm Bill, is one of those government programs that seems endlessly controversial. A couple of common misperceptions: First, many SNAP recipients, usually people of color and non-citizens, are fraudulently buying vodka and cigarettes with tax-funded benefits. … Continue reading Oh, SNAP!
By David Vaina Across Florida and throughout the United States, we are recognizing Hunger Action Month this September. The month-long campaign is coordinated each year by food banks to generate awareness about the consequences of food insecurity, and advocate for solutions—both big and small—to alleviate food insecurity. A Definition of Food Insecurity Before we consider the … Continue reading FLORIDA FOOD ACTIVISTS TAKE AIM AT ENDING HUNGER
I entered an unfamiliar room for the Florida Food Policy Council (FLFPC) meeting last weekend, feeling tired and unsure of what to expect. In an attempt to cure one of my afflictions, I took a leisurely stroll to the complimentary coffee located at the back of the room. During my journey, I studied the faces … Continue reading FLFPC Reflections on Coming Together to Make a Difference
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 21, 2016 PRESS CONTACT: Michelle Gomez (850) 766-6505 PHOTOS: http://www.Facebook.com/FLFPC LOCAL FOOD POLICY ON STATEWIDE TOUR, STOPS IN ORLANDO ORLANDO, Fla – The newly re-formed Florida Food Policy Council is on a membership tour, setting meetings around the state to encourage participation and highlight local food initiatives. On Sunday, September … Continue reading LOCAL FOOD POLICY ON STATEWIDE TOUR, STOPS IN ORLANDO