Food as Medicine
“Food as Medicine” includes policies and programs integrating healthy food access as a core component of health care. The DC Food Policy Council has identified promoting food as medicine programs in the District as a top priority in 2019. In collaboration with DC Health, the FPC created two fact sheets highlighting the District’s food as medicine programs and potential ways to enhance and expand these programs.
In October 2019, the District was internationally recognized by the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact for its approach for food as medicine programs. The District received the Highest Score Award for its Produce Plus and Produce Prescription programs. Read more about that award here.
Food System Assessment
2018 Food System Assessment — Published annually in the spring, the Food System Assessment reports on key indicators representing important parts of the District’s food system, highlights innovative approaches to advancing food security and a healthy food system, and recommends how we could better leverage the District’s food policy infrastructure and growing momentum to catalyze innovative approaches to ensuring a healthier, more equitable, and sustainable food system.
Food Economy Study
Food Economy Study (September 2019) — The Food Economy Study is an analysis of the economic, employment, and fiscal impact of the District’s local food economy. The study examines various sectors of the local food economy including food production, grocery stores, restaurants and bars, and wholesaling and distribution and then provides recommendations to support and grow the local food economy.
Food Workforce Workforce Development Strategy
The District’s Food Workforce Development Strategy — Coming in early 2020, the Food Workforce Development Strategy will highlight opportunities to expand and strengthen workforce development programs and initiatives to support District residents in finding good jobs within the local food economy and enhance a more equitable, healthier, and sustainable local food system.
Previous Food Policy Council Reports
2017 Annual Report Final– This January 2018 annual report provides background on the startup of the DC Food Policy Council and highlights the accomplishments of the FPC and local government in the District’s food system in the past year. The report shares specific goals and policy activities for growing food, food business, sustainable procurement and food access.
Related District Reports & Resources
Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan — This 2019 citywide plan is an update to the District’s first Sustainable DC Plan, a plan to make the District of the Columbia the healthiest, greenest and most livable city in the country. The Plan includes specific goals for growing food, food business and access to food.
DC Department of Health Obesity Action Plan 2010-2015 – The plan calls for the greater District of Columbia community to coalesce and adopt policies and programs that both increase the access to healthy foods and physical activity in neighborhoods, schools, worksites, and places of worship and also build capacity and jobs related to increasing access to healthy food, physical activity, and preventive health services. Additionally, the plan provides a framework of specific interventions to achieve local targets of reducing overweight and obesity by changing attitudes and behaviors to promote physical activity, good nutrition and the benefits of a healthy weight.
Sustainable DC Food Access and Security Task Force Report – This is the Sustainable DC Mayor’s Order Food Access and Security Task Force, led by the Office of Planning’s study of the accessibility of healthy food in neighborhoods by evaluating existing conditions for food access, urban agriculture, and agricultural economy in the District. The report provides recommendations to increase the accessibility of healthy affordable foods and the reduction of food insecurity of District residents consistent with the goals identified in the Sustainable DC Plan.
DSLBD Green DC Restaurants Action Manual – DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) wrote this Green DC Restaurants Action Manual to help business owners operate a Green Restaurant and benefit from the cost savings, increased sales, and gentler eco-footprint.This manual is designed for busy business owners.
Our Region & Neighbors
Montgomery County Food Council – The Montgomery County Food Council is an independent council formed and led by individual community members and representatives of local businesses, government, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions that broadly represent the food system both substantively and geographically. Our mission is to bring together a diverse representation of stakeholders in a public and private partnership to improve the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health of Montgomery County, Maryland through the creation of a robust, local, sustainable food system.
Prince George’s County Food Equity Council – The mission of the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council is to significantly improve public health and community well-being of all who live, work, study, worship and play in the County. It will develop and support policies, approaches, procedures, practices and initiatives to create systemic change to the local food system, promoting health, economic opportunity, food security, and well-being, especially among communities that have been negatively impacted by the current food system.
What Our Region Grows – This report provides a ‘snapshot’ of the state of the region’s agriculture, as well as the general food production and demand, and economic contributions. Product demand data, which is largely based on estimates from the U.S. Food Market Estimator, is included for area counties.