Florida Food Policy Council

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  • 14 Jan 2018 3:04 PM | Deleted user

    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 contributions and the support of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development to create this self-paced learning tool.

    Supporting Local Food Councils” is a free online resource that is open to all. There are 15 modules in the course, which take about 1-2 hours per module to complete. Each module contains videos, readings and online tools. There is a certificate of completion awarded for participants that complete all modules and quizzes. Earning a certificate is optional. There is no deadline for completion and the videos/course materials can be accessed at any time – including during your food council meetings. The course was designed for professionals with less than three years of experience working with food councils at the local level.

    To learn more, we invite you to join a webinar about the course next Monday, January 15. (Yes, Martin Luther King Jr. Day – it is not a holiday for us and we think Dr. King would support the community building concepts behind this course.) There is no pre-registration required for the free-webinar. If you aren’t able to make the webinar, it will be recorded. Or you can sign up for the course and take a look by visiting the course web page at https://www.canr.msu.edu/supporting-local-food-councils

    Please feel free to forward this information to your colleagues and/or food council members. Thank you for your time!

    WEBINAR: Supporting Local Food Councils: A New Professional Development Course

    SPEAKERS: Jodee Ellett, Purdue University and Kendra Wills, Michigan State University

    January 15, 2018 – 12:00 PM Eastern Time


    About the webinar: Extension professionals and other community development specialists are often asked to engage in local food systems work. Fulfilling this request can be a challenge, especially for staff who are unfamiliar with local food systems programming and/or do not regularly facilitate community groups. Supporting Local Food Councils is a new professional development course designed to equip Extension staff and community development professionals with the education, material resources, organizational tools and videos to support the development and sustainability of food councils. Participants in this webinar will be given an overview of the course’s 15 modules and will have a chance to view a few of the course videos. Twenty local food council experts from around the U.S. provided content for this self-paced online course. Supporting Local Food Councils is available to all at no charge. Course participants that complete the quiz for each module will earn a certificate of completion.

    Presented by:

    Jodee Ellett is the Local Foods Coordinator for Purdue Extension, working across program areas to build food system networks and deliver research and education. Jodee works at the individual, community, business and leadership level to engage and synergize local food system development.

    Kendra Wills has served with MSU Extension for the past 17 years. She is based at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan and serves five counties in west Michigan. Kendra began working on local food systems issues in 2010 (focusing on farm-to-school and youth gardening programs) and in 2015 began developing a local food council in Lake County, Michigan.

    Registration: There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar.

    To join the webinar go to http://ncrcrd.adobeconnect.com/ncrcrd, “enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Type your name into the text box provided, and click on “Enter Room”. You are now in the meeting room for the webinar. NOTE: CHROME is not compatible with Adobe Connect, use either Firefox or IE.

    The webinar will be recorded and archived at http://ncrcrd.msu.edu/ncrcrd/chronological_archive.

    I hope you can join us on Monday!


    Kendra Wills

    Educator, Community Food Systems

    Michigan State University Extension

    Grand Rapids Downtown Market

    109 Logan Street SW, Suite B102

    Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    616-608-7424 (office)

    517-930-0928 (mobile)



    MSU Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or veteran status.

  • 17 Jul 2017 5:22 PM | Deleted user

    Upcoming Meetings 

    Annual Membership Meeting

    Date: June 23rd, 2018

    Location: The Sanford Civic Center, 401 E Seminole Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771

    Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Join food enthusiasts, academics, entrepreneurs, and public servants for our annual, statewide membership meeting of the Florida Food Policy Council being held in Sanford, FL on Saturday, June 23rd. Food Policy expert Mark Winne, author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty, will be giving the keynote. 

    If you work with food, care about food being available and nutrient dense, or eat food then this is an event for you! This is your opportunity to add your voice to a conversation that concerns every single human being that lives in the state of Florida. Our goal is to bring a diverse group of stakeholders to the table to discuss how to best support a healthy and functional food system for the state. 

    Previous Meetings

    Annual Membership Meeting

    June 24th, 2017

    The Betty D. White Cultural Center, Sanford, FL 32771

    9:00AM - 5:00PM

    NW Region

    March 19th, 2017

    Berry Good Farms, Jacksonville, FL

    1:00PM - 5:00PM

    SE Region

    Nov 19th, 2016

    Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Davie, FL

    1:00PM - 5:00PM

    SW Region

    Apr 3rd, 2016

    Fort Myers, FL

    9:30AM - 3:00PM

    Central Region

    Sept 11th, 2016

    East End Market, Orlando

    12:00PM - 5:00PM

    NE Region

    July 16th, 2016

    Tallahassee, FL

    9:30AM - 3PM

    Satellite Broadcast Locations

    UF/IFAS Collier County Extension Office

    14700 Immokalee Drive

    Naples, FL 34120

    UF/IFAS Martin County Extension Office

    2614 SE Dixie, Hwy.

    Stuart, FL 34996

    UF/IFAS Seminole County Extension Office

    250 W. County Home Rd

    Sanford, FL 32773

    UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension Office

    3740 Stefani Rd

    Cantonment, FL 32533

  • 5 Jul 2017 2:44 PM | Deleted user

    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 tilling unending rows, clothes blowing on the line. I was surprised to see produce distribution warehouses just feet from the fields, the ground-level infrastructure that makes Florida a top agricultural source for the nation.

    On to the water. Crystal blue, gushing up through ancient limestone, a crisp relief in summer heat. We laughed and splashed like mermaids, where other tourists have for 75 years, and native people, black bear, blue heron, and bald eagle have for millennia.

    And where the fresh water meets the salt, I saw baby islands, born of mangrove. A thousand boats stretched across the horizon, the floating and transient city of scallopers. A family of manatee, 1000-pound creatures, a pod of bottlenose dolphin, a green sea turtle.

    As we slid through the marsh, I slipped back in time, to Seminole fishermen shucking oysters on the shore, storing the meat in their pouches for trading in town. I listened to a man raised in these waters describe the help given white settlers, where to catch fish, how to navigate the low islands, the best trade routes. As he spoke, the discarded shells’ patina reflected a story now hundreds of years old.

    Though the beauty was bright, all was not well. I saw plastic bags caught in the mangrove roots, plastic bottles floating in the bay. The inland fields were dotted with people living on much less than those buying the new homes built where crops once grew. Amidst the verdant summer bounty and local skill, large retailers based in the state carry tomatoes from Canada, and specialty shops shelve preserves “homemade” in North Carolina. There is work to do.

    From the Biscuit Barn in a strip mall, to zucchini boats in a downtown high-rise, the food amazing and the characters colorful, all rich with flavor and stranger than fiction. It’s no wonder the state serves as the setting for countless pop culture icons, classic literature, movies, and TV shows.

    On the Saturday prior to my travels, and not far from the Florida I was courting, in a quiet town that years ago chose to be bypassed by I-4, thirty-five people sat down to the difficult and unglamorous work of building a statewide council. A group that can guide policy decisions to craft the food system we all want: equitable, affordable, profitable, sustainable.

    No small task. But we’ve begun it.

    The Florida Food Policy Council members who gathered in Sanford on June 24th represented most regions of the state (only the western-most section was missing). They tackled mission, mantra, and vision, identifying foundational values as well as the value the council should provide.

    Policy committee chairs presented findings from the 18-month membership tour, showing what issues the regions found most pressing, and offering clues to where the work should start. (Find that presentation here: FLFPC Policy and Issues.) Information exchange and connectivity emerged as the top trend.

    Members were nominated to the Board of Directors, and the Board elected leadership. Others volunteered as Regional Liaisons, to ensure representation and local participation in Council activities. The Board of Directors will meet monthly, the first of which takes place July 11th by phone. The roles of regional liaisons will be described, so more can be recruited, and a timeline for strategic planning set.

    As an all-volunteer organization, there is plenty of room to participate as the formation of the Council formalizes. Members at the Sanford meeting identified six regions, and the northern three are still in need of representation. The Board may soon expand the committees beyond the original set – Organization & Development, Policy, and Communications – with many leadership and participation roles to be filled.

    Again, there is much work to do. But I can say with certainty that we are here out of love. For our neighbors and our families. For this magnificently diverse place we call home: its wild places, its giving ground, its mysterious waters. For its present state and its necessary future.

    I am glad for the action, heartened by the interest, and looking forward to a progress we define, together.

    Michelle Gomez

    Secretary, FLFPC

    Michelle also serves as the Director of Frenchtown Heritage Hub, Tallahassee’s only food business incubator, which supports the development of women- and minority-owned enterprise, affordable access to healthy food, and sector connectivity within the local food system. The Hub is an economic development program of the Frenchtown Neighborhood Improvement Association, a 501(c)3 corporation.

  • 31 May 2017 2:19 PM | Deleted user
    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 fall of 2015, following the Florida Local Food Summit in Orlando. For the next 18 months, the group held meetings around the state to gather membership and information to better understand the policy issues common across the regions of Florida.

    With that work done, the findings of the statewide tour will be unveiled at the June meeting. Members in attendance will elect a council board, and decide the priorities that the council will tackle on behalf of Floridians in the 2018 legislative session. This is the first in what will become annual membership meetings in the new iteration of the Florida Food Policy Council.

    Food is big business in Florida. Following the drought in California, the Sunshine State has moved into the top spot for tomato production in the United States. Florida also ranks 10th in beef production, and grows 59% of the country’s orange harvest. However, hyperlocal produce and craft breweries are making a splash in consumer minds across the state as well. Community organizations are turning out local food solutions to combat hunger in underserved areas, and healthier food options in schools are seen by many as a valuable tool for improved performance.

    Those involved stress that the council is for everyone, and that fair and inclusive food policy is the goal. Farmers, retailers, educators, entrepreneurs, and public servants will mingle Friday evening at Wop’s Hops, getting to know each other before convening Saturday to decide the direction of food in Florida. Mark Winne, author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty, will serve as keynote speaker and facilitator for the event. Slow Food Orlando is a sponsor.

    Attendees will also sample the local fare of Sanford, lunching at restaurants in the city’s historic downtown district. Attendance is free for current members, though registration is required. For those interested in becoming council members and attending the event, the cost of the meeting ticket also serves as annual membership dues, which range from $10 for students to $60 for organizations.

    Event Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/statewide-council-launch-meeting-tickets-34453485302

  • 2 Dec 2016 4:34 PM | Deleted user

    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 common misconceptions:

    First, many SNAP recipients, usually people of color and non-citizens, are fraudulently buying vodka and cigarettes with tax-funded benefits. Or if they are buying food, its pure junk. 

    Meanwhile, recipients are staying enrolled in the program for decades, even a lifetime, as who wouldn't want to have "free" money to buy all their household's food?

    In 2016, there's a debate about whether SNAP participants can order food over the Internet and some concern. And in 2017 and beyond, there's a potentially massive controversy brewing with the slim possibility that SNAP funding will be made separate from the end-of-decade Farm Bill and/or block granted to the states. SNAP, and the more than 45 million people across the U.S. including more than 3 million Floridians who participate in the program, just can't seem to ever enjoy a moment's peace. 

    In this posting, I want to counter punch with the many good things about SNAP.

    Let the unpacking begin.

    A profile on snap participants

    First, who participates in SNAP? According to a December 2014 report prepared for the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service by Mathematica Policy Research, the plurality of SNAP clients is White

    Meanwhile, eligibility is extended "only to permanent residents legally present in the United States for at least five years, legal immigrant children (under 18), the elderly and disabled who were legally resident before August 1996, refugees and asylees, veterans and others with a military connection, those with a substantial history of work covered under the Social Security system, and certain other limited group of aliens." (More info in a SNAP Primer on eligibility and benefits here. And check out "9 myths and facts about SNAP benefits and immigrants" here.) 

    What SNAP participants are (and aren't) buying

    Now what about that vodka and cigarettes? Well, you can buy breads and cereals; fruits and veggies; meats, fish, and poultry; and dairy products. You can also buy seeds and food-producing plants and interestingly, 16% of Floridians seeking food assistance grow their own food, a 2014 study found. But sorry, you can't purchase alcohol or tobacco products or non-food items. 

    A study just released by the USDA in late November found that the differences between the expenditure patterns of SNAP and non-SNAP households were "relatively limited" as food choices were similar. Sadly, both groups aren't making choices consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and obesity remains especially problematic among SNAP participants as this research indicates

    With that said, a higher rate of obesity shouldn't necessarily mean the program should be gutted. Rather, why can't we look at deeper investments in nutrition education (for all Americans) or "carrot-and-stick" approaches that help SNAP participants make healthier purchases (though a position I don't necessarily endorse). And keep supporting farmer's markets in Florida that incentivizes SNAP participants to buy fresh fruits and vegetables (and support local, small farms along the way.)

    But regardless of who's participating in SNAP, isn't fraud a problem? No. Unless, that is, you're losing sleep over a 1.3% fraud rate (down from more than four percent in the 1990s).

    The impermanence of SNAP participation

    Now what about the notion that people use SNAP for decades? Before we dive into that, let's also recognize that the average monthly SNAP benefit in Florida is $129 per person or $237 per household (less than Alabama, by the way). Indeed, the S word here is "Supplementary."

    Now how long do people participate in the program? Longer than I thought but certainly not a lifetime. And in Florida, the state legislature has significantly narrowed the eligibility period for some adults. 

    A Few Concluding Thoughts

    In October, I had the good fortune to attend the annual conference hosted by the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger at the University of South Florida and hear its keynote speaker, Dr. Craig Grundersen from the University of Illinois, speak on food insecurity. 

    If anyone can speak about what helps and what doesn't help low-income folks experiencing food insecurity, its Dr. Grundersen. And looking over my notes from his talk, two quotes from him jump out:

    "Make SNAP better" and "Food assistance programs begin and end with SNAP."

    If I can be forgiven in these (at best) uncertain political times for feeling a bit hopeful, I'd like to point out that it wasn't too long ago that there was a very strong, bipartisan support for SNAP. In the 1970s, Senator Bob Dole (a longtime Republican Senator from deep-red Kansas who today enthusiastically supports President-elect Trump) and George McGovern (the leftie, Democratic Senator from South Dakota who ran for President in 1972 as the voice for the radical counterculture) collaborated on legislation to increase access to the program). 

    So perhaps it is time we stopped playing politics as usual with hunger and SNAP, stop talking about reducing benefits for those who need it, connect and unite those in both urban and rural America, and work together (gasp!) to find ways, like good ole' Dole and McGovern. 

    --David Vaina is the Senior Director of Marketing, Communications & Brand Strategy at Treasure Coast Food Bank. His views here do not, in any way, reflect those of the Florida Food Policy Council or Treasure Coast Food Bank. 

  • 15 Sep 2016 2:35 PM | Deleted user

    By David Vania

    Across Florida and throughout the United States, we are recognizing Hunger Action Month this September. The month-long campaign is coordinated each year by the 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 rate of food insecurity in Florida, it's important to first define the term and understand how it differs from "hunger." In short, food insecurity is about "limited or uncertain access to adequate food" while hunger is "the individual-level physiological condition that may result from food insecurity" (source: USDA's Economic Research Service).

    What this means is that when a child or adult experiences food insecurity, s/he may be hungry, though not all the time. Hunger could come just at the end of the month when SNAP (previously known as food stamps) benefits run out. Or food-secure individuals may experience food insecurity more often and be forced to make hard choices, such as purchasing medication or an adequate amount of nutritious foods. The different degrees of "food insecurity" explains why the USDA has created both a "low food security" label and a "very low food security" category. 

    the Scope of hunger in Florida

    In Florida, the latest numbers show that 3,227,600 people, or 16.2% of the state population, is food insecure (source: 2016 Map the Meal Gap data aggregated by Feeding America). 

    More: Florida's children and teens are food insecure at a higher rate (24.9%) than the overall population (16.2%). In actual numbers, that's 1,007,870 kids. 

    The good news, if there can be good news when evaluating food insecurity data, is that the percentage and overall rate have dropped year to year. Current stats indicate there's been a drop from last year's figures of 3,315,550, or 17% of the state population. 

    But back to the less-than-good news. The average cost of a Florida meal is up, now over $3 per person. Where I live, in Martin County, the average meal cost is a whopping $0.75 higher than the national average. While Meal costs are rising throughout the country, averaging $2.89 nationally, Floridians, on average, are paying $0.18 more per meal than people in other states. That may not sound like a lot, but start multiplying per meal, per person, and the weekly cost of food begins to make a dent in the budget of families struggling to make ends meet. 

    the face of food insecurity in Florida 

    Consider that 25% of the food-insecure population do not qualify for SNAP or other nutrition programs. This means that one in four Floridians are solely dependent on food banks and others providing emergency food assistance to fill the gap between money and basic needs each month. Many who do not qualify for SNAP still supplement their food supplies by accessing food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens. The recent reintroduction of a three-month time limit for SNAP benefits among Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents compounds and individual's struggle against food insecurity. 

    Who is experiencing food insecurity in Florida? A 2014 report, Hunger in Florida 2014, found that: 

    58% of Florida households recieving food assistance have a member with high blood pressure

    33% have a member with diabetes

    59% have unpaid medical bills

    55% had at least one member in the household who had been employed in the last year

    35% had at least one member employed in the last four weeks

    In the past year, 73% had to choose between food and utilities, 69% had to choose between food and transportation, 68% had to choose between food and medicine/medical care, 64% had to choose between food and housing, and 31% had to choose between food and education. 

    The role of Florida's food banks

    Your local food banks, as well as the thousands and thousands of food pantries and soup kitchens across the state that make up Florida's emergency food distribution network, are also working around-the-clock to offer solutions for alleviating food insecurity in Florida.

    Many are reaching well beyond their traditional role as "pounds in/pounds out" distribution centers to partner with schools, farms, hospitals, and others. These partnerships increase not only access to food, but access to nutritious, Florida-grown fruits and vegetables. Still others are advocating for policies that will increase resources for vital "wraparound" services that so many low-income individuals need, such as health care, transportation, and affordable housing. 

    So, I urge you this September to get in touch with your local food bank and learn about how you can make a direct contribution to the fight against hunger in our state this month -- and beyond. 

    You can find more information to support hunger action at the following links:

    Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks, has tons of data. 

    Feeding Florida, formerly known as the Florida Association of Food Banks, has great statewide data. 

    The Food Resource & Action Center has loads of data and reports on SNAP, school meals, afterschool and summer programs, and more. 

    Your local food bank will have county data and, in some cases, can even provide insecurity rates by census tract. 

    (Photos shared with Feeding America network)

    -- David Vaina is the Senior Director of Marketing, Communications & Brand Strategy at Treasure Coast Food Bank. He is also a proud member of the Florida Food Policy Council.

  • 17 Aug 2016 2:24 PM | Deleted user

    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 of those around me. Demographically, nothing could piece the diverse crowd together. 

    "It's such a lovely thing that we all care about the current state of food in Florida," I thought to myself.

    After the caffeine struck, I remembered why I thought food activism is a worthwhile cause in the first place. "It's so lovely that we are all here, trying to make a difference in something that affects everyone," I corrected myself. What followed was an insightful day of brainstorming through sharing human experience. 

    At the start of the meeting, we were all told to share some food memories and dreams. This transformed the personal into political, laying down a theme for the entire meeting. It did not matter that I'm not a farmer or a politician or a restaurant owner. It did not matter that I am young with a spark of interest, but lack formal knowledge. It was clear that my voice mattered in the discussion. I have had experiences with food, therefore I have insight. 

    The perspective I am afforded comes along with being a student who has realized institutional flaws firsthand. From public elementary schools to state colleges and universities, single companies have a monopoly on food. As such, options are limited. Access to food that is simultaneously healthy, affordable, and sustainable is a rarity. Members of learning institutions are not considered with concern; they are treated as customers with a single option -- unhealthy, low-cost food at a high price. When feeding our educators and future generation, the food should be conducive to teaching and learning. 

    Food in schools is one dilemma among many within our current food system. Despite the negativity, I am not saddened. Rather, I am inspired to make sure our current reality does not linger into the future. I am a proud member of the FLFPC because I believe enough passionate people ready to fight the status quo can enact real change. 

  • 16 Aug 2016 2:16 PM | Deleted user

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 21, 2016

    PRESS CONTACT: Michelle Gomez (850) 766-6505

    PHOTOS: www.Facebook.com/FLFPC


    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 11, the tour will make a stop in Orlando, holding its third membership event at East End Market from 12pm to 5pm.

    Clayton Ferrara, the CEO and Executive Director of IDEAS for Us, an Orlando-based organization working in U.S. communities and abroad to solve global environmental issues, will facilitate the meeting. The award-winning organization runs multiple grassroots initiatives that address energy, water, food, waste, and ecology issues through multi-generational education and action. Much like FLFPC organizers are looking to do.

    “We are building a member-driven network,” said Rachel Shapiro, FLFPC Chair and owner of Integrous Health Solutions in Broward County. “This is a grassroots effort to develop a nourishing, inclusive food system for all people in the State of Florida.”

    FLFPC will convene in Orlando immediately following the third annual Florida Food Summit, which takes place September 9th and 10th at East End Market. Also the site of the inaugural summit, East End Market has become an anchor of local food commerce and activism in Central Florida. It is a fitting location for the new push to unite individuals in the statewide effort.

    Stopping first in Fort Myers in April, and then in Tallahassee in July, the all-volunteer council has collected 100 members. Representing many of Florida’s 67 counties and food system sectors, these members are focused on crafting a concerted effort to advance local food policy around the state.

    The Ft. Myers meeting featured food system celebrity Mark Winne, author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty. In Tallahassee, the meeting was facilitated by local leader Bakari McClendon, who contributed to the Michigan Good Food Charter and serves on the executive team of the North American Food Systems Network.

    Additional membership meetings are planned in Jacksonville and Ft. Lauderdale. The affordable annual fees range from $10 for students to $60 for organizations. Membership includes admission to events throughout the year. More information, including Orlando meeting details and how to join the council, is available at www.FLFPC.org.

  • 13 Jul 2016 2:14 PM | Deleted user

    Media Contact:

    Sharon Yeago 352-256-8115

    Rachel Shapiro 954-465-6320


    The Florida Food Policy Council (FFPC) held its 2nd Membership Meeting on Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Tallahassee at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Viticulture and Small Fruit Research Center. The event was sponsored by Winter Park Foundation, Health Foundation of South Florida, Florida Blue Foundation, FAMU and the University of Florida, Institute of Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS.) In addition to the Tallahassee site, FFPC members joined via video conference from Collier County Extension Service in Naples.

    The second Membership meeting built on the work done at the first meeting in Ft Myers in April with national food policy expert Mark Winne. This meeting was hosted by Dr. Jennifer Taylor, Program Leader of Florida A&M University’s Statewide Small Farm program. The day was facilitated by Rachel Shapiro, Chair of the Florida Food Policy board of directors and Executive Director of Heal the Planet based in Broward County, and Bakari McClendon, Network Director, Tallahassee Food Network and owner of Uniquely Qualified Consulting of Tallahassee. The group continued to identify key issues about the entire food system in Florida and sought to develop a larger network of interested citizens, advocates, and professionals.

    The Florida Food Policy Council provides an opportunity to participate in the state’s rapidly developing local food movement, supporting efforts to develop more sustainable and just food systems. All segments of the food chain should be represented in these meetings. Membership is required which encourages engagement and helps support the effort.

    The 3rd Membership Meeting of 2016 will be held on Sunday, September 11th, 2016 at 12:30 pm at East End Market, Winter Park, following the Florida Local Food Summit. Details for this event will be announced soon.

    FLFPC Membership is $25 individual, $10 student and $60 small business, which includes admission (either in person or virtual) to our events and other events throughout the year. Please visit flfpc.org to join/register or email flfpsteering@gmail.com for more information.

  • 22 Apr 2016 5:11 PM | Deleted user
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