Universal Free School Meals is a policy that can be passed at the federal or state level to provide free breakfast and lunch to every student. Universal free school meals increase access to school meals and reduce stigma for children who rely on free meals. In 2022, the Food Policy Council developed recommendations to bring … More Universal Free School Meals in DC
Community Advocacy Guide DC Draft Zero Waste Framework Residents and Businesses: Submit your Comments on the Zero Waste Framework Deadline to submit comments: October 7, 2022 (See below for instructions on how to comment) Timeline: Background Food waste is the single most prevalent material in the District’s waste stream, representing nearly 20% of all refuse. … More ACTION ALERT: Draft Zero Waste Framework Public Comment Period Closes Tomorrow October 7, 2022!
We are excited to announce that the District’s Nutrition Education Landscape Assessment is complete! Many of you may remember that this report is the culmination of more than 3 years of hard work by the Food Policy Council’s Nutrition & Health working group, District nutrition educators, and advocates which started with the 2019 Nutrition Educator’s … More Nutrition Education Landscape Assessment
Shopping at a farmers market is one of the most delicious ways to support our local food system! Our DC farmers market map is updated for the 2022 season, including:*Locations*Times and Days of Operation*Public Transportation Options*Public Benefits Accepted View the map HERE.
Deadline to Testify if TOMORROW, Friday, April 22, 2022 by 5pm! The Food Policy Council’s 2021 and 2022 Priorities cite decreasing food insecurity and increasing the utilization of federal nutrition program benefits as key steps to support residents in the District. A printable version of this Community Advocacy Guide is available here. The bill can … More Give SNAP a Raise Amendment Act of 2022: Community Advocacy Guide
The Government of the District of Columbia intends to apply for a funding opportunity through the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). This opportunity will be approximately $1,100,000 and is through the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA). The focus of this grant opportunity is to: Strengthen the District’s local and regional food system; … More Request for Information for USDA Grant Opportunity!
The Food Policy Council’s 2021 and 2022 Priorities cite decreasing food insecurity and promoting health equity among at-risk populations. Over the past year, the FPC has strategically collaborated with partner agencies, non-profits, affected residents, and participated in working groups to help support policy recommendations to address the District’s high food insecurity rate among seniors. A … More No Senior Hungry Omnibus Amendment Act of 2021: Community Advocacy Guide
On December 17, the DC Council hosted a hearing on Climate Resiliency in the District. DC Food Policy Director Ona Balkus testified on behalf of the DC Food Policy Council on the role of the local food system in both preventing climate change and making the city more climate resilient. You can read Ona’s testimony … More Watch the December 2021 DC Council Roundtable on Climate Resiliency!
The DC Food Policy Council is almost ready to publish its 2022 Food Policy Council Priorities. But, before we do that, we need to hear what you think about the District’s food system! We can’t achieve success without knowing what is important to you. And that means we need your feedback on what you thought … More We Want to Hear from You!
The DC Food Policy Council (FPC) has several open positions for District residents. Please see more information below and share widely. Description: The DC Food Policy Council (FPC) advises the Food Policy Director, District agencies, the Mayor, and the DC Council on policies to strengthen DC’s food system. Specific topic areas include: Food Access & Equity Sustainable Supply Chain Nutrition … More Apply to Become a Member of the DC Food Policy Council!