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Urban Food Policy Strategies: San Francisco


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  • 1. Food System Policy and Planning in San Francisco
    Paula Jones, Director of Food Systems
    San Francisco Dept. Public Health
    May 20, 2011
    Food Policy National Conference
    Portland, OR
  • 2. Overview
    Priorities for Food System Activities
    Organization structure
    History of Food System Policy and Planning
    Executive Directive on Healthy & Sustainable Food
    Food Policy Council
    Recent and Current Initiatives
  • 3. Priorities for food system activities
    Health equity
    Natural resource conservation
    Economic sustainability
    Systemic perspective, research, analysis, interventions, evaluation and policy
  • 4. Organizational Structure
    San Francisco is a city and county
    Central food system office in Public Health Department (Environmental Health)
    Funding - Staff position
    Fundraise with partners for projects
    Role - evolved over time
    Work with all city/county departments, Board of Supervisors, School District, community based and faith based organizations
  • 5. History of Food System Policy and Planning
    1997 Sustainability Plan – Chapter on Food and Agriculture
    Food system approach
    5 and 10 year goals
    2002 Creation of San Francisco Food Systems
    2005 San Francisco Collaborative Food System Assessment
    2008 SFDPH Institutionalized food policy and planning within the department – Director of Food Systems
    2008 Slow Food Nation
    2009 Executive Directive on Healthy and Sustainable Food
  • 6. Executive Directive on Healthy and Sustainable Food (issued July 2009)
    Food system approach
    Established a framework/principles for future food policy
    Directed all departments to develop a plan for implementing principles
    Specific actions, responsible departments, defined timeline
    Public/private advisory Food Policy Council oversaw implementation of the Directive.
  • 7. Healthy and Sustainable Food for San Francisco
    Project Organization
    Project Management Office
    Paula Jones, Director of Food Systems
    • Project oversight
    • 8. Coordination
    • 9. Communication
    Nutritional Standards
    • Ordinances
    • 14. General Plan integration
    • 15. Administrative policy
    Food Business
    • Action plan for food deserts
    • 16. Recognition program
    • 17. Wholesale Produce Mkt.
    Food Policy Council
    • Integration of directive into municipal code, general plan and other policy related areas
    • 18. Monitor progress of implementation
    • 19. Provide guidance and oversight
    Urban Agriculture
    • Land audit
    • 20. Education& support
    Hunger/Food Security
    • HSA foodstamp remote sites
    • 21. Benefits SF
    • 22. School lunch program
    Regional Food
    • Farmer’s Markets
    • 23. Procurement
    • Fish Market project
    • 24. Aquaculture
    Reporting, Evaluation &
  • 25. Food Policy Council?
    San Francisco Food Alliance (2002 – 2005)
    SFUSD Student Nutrition & Physical Activity Committee (2003 – present)
    SF Green Schoolyard Alliance (2003 – present)
    SF Food Security Task Force (2005 – present)
    Southeast Food Access Working group (2006 - present)
    Interagency Food Systems Working Group (2007 – 2009)
    Urban Rural Roundtable (2008 - 2009)
    Tenderloin Hunger Task Force (2008 – present)
    Peak Oil Task Force (2008 - 2009)
    Mayor’s Food Policy Advisory Council (2009 - 2010)
    SF Urban Agriculture Alliance (2010 – present)
  • 26. Current or Recent Initiatives
    Happy Meal Legislation (2010)
    Rewrote code for mobile food vendors (2010)
    Rewrote zoning code for urban agriculture (2011)
    Renegotiating lease for wholesale produce market (2010 – current)
    School meal assessment /strategic planning for improving school food (2010 – current)
    Expanding food stamps for homeless and seniors
    Expanding urban agriculture
    Slow Money conference (fall 2011)
  • 27. Thank you!