The District of Columbia Food Policy Council was established through the DC Food Policy Council and Director Establishment Act of 2014.The legislation was passed and funded beginning in October 2015 to bring together stakeholders to focus on food access, equity, and the food economy. The DCFPC was called for by the Sustainable DC Plan, and community advocates in 2014 and 2015 food and urban agriculture DC Council roundtables. The DCFPC was inspired by the many people around the county and world working to increase food access, security, and sovereignty by strengthening and revitalizing local food systems and economies. Local advocates recognized that many different communities and agencies have been addressing issues of food equity, access, agriculture, and business and related health disparities in the District of Columbia for many years. The DCFPC was additionally inspired by the October 2014 report titled “Sustainable DC Mayor’s Order Food Access and Security Report,” published by the District Department of the Environment which listed the establishment of a citywide Food Policy Council as a critical next step to achieve its policy recommendations. The DCFPC’s goal is to bring these parties together in one place to collaborate on improving food access, equity, and economy for all in the District.
MAKEUP & MEMBERSHIP
The DC Food Policy Council includes representatives of all sectors of the food system, to ensure that our 13 appointed members represent the following “working communities:”
- Community Organizations, Residents, and Youth
- Business Community
- Rural and Regional Organizations
- Health and Education Organizations
- Government (non-voting)
The members shall be representative of established public, nonprofit, and for-profit entities and organizations involved in the local food economy or food access in the District. Members will provide expertise in one or more local food-related issues such as agriculture, food security and access, nutrition, food business and industrial practices, food education and research, land use and urban food production and distribution. Members are recruited by the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments and must be confirmed by the DC Council. After the initial phase-in period, Food Policy Council members will serve terms for three years, at which point they will be encouraged to re-apply for membership and/or nominate a candidate with similar expertise. Membership in the Food Policy Council is a serious commitment of time and effort and should only be pursued by those with the capacity to give both time and attention to the work. The Council will meet bi-monthly and meetings will be open to the public.