Food Equity and Access

Co-Chairs:

Vacant (New members going through confirmation process.)

Goals, Progress, and Current Projects:

The goals of the Food Equity and Access Working Group, outlined in the Food Policy Council’s Strategic Plan, include:

SHORT TERM – Focus on overhauling FEED DC Act to help meet goal of promoting the development of full-service supermarkets in underserved communities as well as including nutrition education and funding to meet its goals; examples may include cooperative support, smaller grocery support, etc.

  • Progress and Current Projects:
    • Community Dinners: Along with DC Greens Community Advocates Program and American Heart Association, the FPC is co-hosting Community Dinners in Wards 7 and 8 to discuss the challenges and potential solutions to food access with community members who have experienced food insecurity.

SHORT TERM – Promote city’s use of federal nutrition programs (SNAP, WIC, school
meals, summer meals, child care meals, and out-of-school time meals) and maximize city’s leveraging of federal dollars.

  • Progress and Current Projects: 
    • Advocacy Guides: The FPC created advocacy guides for District residents to testify on two bills that would expand access to federal nutrition programs: the WIC Expansion Act of 2018 (pending), which would expand access to WIC in smaller stores, and Healthy Parks Act of 2018 (passed in July 2018), which expands the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program to all eligible Department of Parks and Recreation facilities.

LONG TERM – Oversee and assist the implementation of FEED-DC. Solidify plans for supermarket developments in Wards 7 & 8. Protect and strengthen use of federal and local nutrition programs in DC through adoption of policies and work to maintain entitlement structure of the programs.

Sustainable DC Food Goal 2: Ensure universal access to secure, nutritious, and
affordable food supplies. Target: By 2032, ensure 75% of residents live within ¼ mile of a community garden, farmers’ market and/or healthy corner store.