Ending Hunger in Southern MarylandThrough Food Policy CouncilsA Report Sponsored by Southern Maryland Agriculture Development CommissionUnder the Advising of Christine Bergmark, Director, SMADC
Table of ContentsEnding Hunger on Purpose: What Communities Have Tried and How We Can Work Together to Achieve..... 3What is Food Security, and Why Do We Need Food Policy Councils? ............................................................ 4Food Security Defined ............................................................................................................................................4What is a Food Policy Council?................................................................................................................................5What Do Food Policy Councils Do?..........................................................................................................................5Sample Vision Statements From Programs Focused on Ending Hunger.....................................................................6Sample Purpose and Mission Statements................................................................................................................6Starting with Agriculture ........................................................................................................................................8Just and Sustainable Food Systems .........................................................................................................................8What are Some Sample Goals? ...............................................................................................................................8Education, Facilitation and/or Programs ........................................................................................................................9Nutrition and Health (Human and Environmental) ........................................................................................................9Community....................................................................................................................................................................10Food Security ................................................................................................................................................................10Food Systems ................................................................................................................................................................10Preservation..................................................................................................................................................................11Economics .....................................................................................................................................................................11What are Some Strategies to Accomplishing these Goals?.......................................................................... 11What are some sample accomplishments? ......................................................................................................................13Looking at Food Systems, a Visual Approach .............................................................................................. 16Problem Areas .....................................................................................................................................................21Recommendations ...............................................................................................................................................21Current Programs Working on Hunger Solutions in Southern Maryland Area.............................................. 23Organizations Currently on Southern Maryland Food Policy Council........................................................... 26Other Priority Organizations and Partners Suggested to Work With and Consider..................................................28Priorities as Defined in Assessment 1 of FPC .............................................................................................. 29List of Actual Responses from Food Policy Council.................................................................................................31List of Programs In Place to End Hunger, By Program (not exclusive) .......................................................... 34National Programs To End Hunger and Food Systems................................................................................. 35State Food Policy Councils and Ending Hunger Programs............................................................................ 37Reasoning Behind Recommendations for Charles County and Southern Maryland........... Error! Bookmark notdefined.Appendix I – Health Needs Assessment Results Pertaining to Nutrition and Health .................................... 56Appendix II – Food Policy Council Abbreviations and Meanings.................................................................. 58Other Resources........................................................................................................................................ 59
Ending Hunger on Purpose: What Communities Have Tried and How WeCan Work Together to AchieveHunger is a familiar pain to many in our community. Mentally, emotionally and physically, hunger influences those that havelimited time, food, financial or transportation resources or don‘t have the education to maximize resources when available, fortheir health and overall benefit.Disease, food waste and food quality are all issues that hinder the forward movement of lifeand need to be faced and tacked within new food systems and better health education to minimize the hungry and poor in theareas of interest. Studies have shown that education about healthy food, food costs and benefits will change eating habits1andthe smallest changes in eating habits can lead to significant changes in health disparities. The way and type of food obtainedare two of the most prominent causes for this, as many are left with little choice of how much money they can spend on food,the types of food they can buy once the opportunity has presented itself and how that food can be used from meal to meal.Working with local, state and national governments and programs policies can be developed that help to encourage, supportand realize the importance of local, organic, fresh and healthy foods in every day meals for the strength of community,economy and well-being of all individuals. Some of these methods chosen can further reduced the incidences of obesity,heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other prolonged illnesses and diseases while strengthening economies and providing a senseof purpose within communities. In systems that get developed around a community or holistic approach, more people learnwhat is necessary and required to be healthy, eat healthy and more have fair and equitable access to food. By treating food as aright, life as a gift and each person as if they can reach their potential, it is possible to overcome the depth of challengesthrough opportunity and collaboration. With over 37,000 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in2011, something needs to be done! The information to follow can help to lead and guide our community to making thechanges it needs to for the good of all.Groups of individuals are gathering, meeting and collaborating to focus on hunger issues in their neighborhoods,communities, state, nationally and internationally. Food security as explored through food systems, educational methods,problem areas and issues are often identified and discussed in an effort to overcome them by these groups, often called FoodPolicy Groups or Food Policy Councils. Food Security, can also mean the types of food in communities, how it‘s grown, howmuch is grown and how many outside food resources are available, how it‘s transported and where it‘s received incommunities. Creating the ways and means for all people to have whole and healthful foods that are beneficial for thebodyand systems in which community (and in some instances economy) is enhanced are ideal systems to be building andworking off of.Food Security for many in the Southern Maryland community means relying on local farmers, grocery stores, subsidized foodsources and on the generosity of neighbors, churches and charity groups. Programs, educational and advocacy groups havebeen organizing health outreach for citizens in underserved communities, in food island areas and through health fairs andliterature dispersion. Health assessments have indicated that health disparities such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, high bloodpressure and others are still large issues2that need to be dealt with, starting with diets. In the Southern Maryland Area, over35,000 people are still on supplemental nutrition programs. Education, diet and exercise have proven to be some of the largestpillars to not only food security, but to life security as well.In an attempt to look at how food councils, policy groups and others have worked towards mitigating hunger and creatingmore food security, several other local, state and national programs have been included in this paper, as well as the issues inour own community that need to be looked at to in order to touch the areas are either causing health issues and hunger or theareas that could be improved to lessen the hungry and people without food options. With several food banks and soupkitchens, several people are still left without the nutrients they need and without the means necessary to help them in theirdaily food efforts. The food that is received does not always have recipes to accompany it, and with donations as a largesource of food, full health and nutritional needs are not always met. Local farmers have extra land but do not have enoughpeople to work with harvesting extra crops and are worried about food going to waste without possible people to buy it. Formany who are utilizing supplemental food programs, limited options are available and many who utilize them in rural areas donot have access to eligible food within 13 miles (and limited transportation).1Linda Thomas, Healthy Stores Project, Charles County Health Department2With 203 people dying in 2006 due to cancer in Charles County, 157 in Calvert County and 176 in St. Mary‘sCounty. The Maryland Cancer Survey indicated that over 2/3 of people who have died in Maryland due to cancercould have prevented death through diet, exercise and quitting smoking and quitting.
What is Food Security, and Why Do We Need Food Policy Councils?Food Security DefinedCommunity food security is a condition in which all community residents obtain a safe, culturally appropriate, nutritionally sound diet through aneconomically and environmentally sustainable food system that promotes community self-reliance and social justice. —Definition by Mike Hammand Anne BellowTotal food security means that all people at all times will have economic and physical access to sufficient, safe, nutritious foodto maintain a healthy and active life3‖that meets dietary and health needs and preferencesto minimize health issues andmaximizing the energy availability to all individuals. World Food Program identifies three pillars that this is built on: foodavailability, food access, and food use. Food availability includes the types and quantities of food consistently available. Foodaccess means having the right types of resources, economical and transportation, to obtain food. Food use is the availability ofproper resources to help obtain the maximum benefit from food and that food is used properly and basic nutrition needs aremet once that is obtained. Creating sustainable food systems meansmaking sure that everyone has the ways and means to getto where food is and that the right types of food are there once they get it.While these issues are easily combated, they need to be done through sustainable means in economic development,environment and trade. Programs like World Food Program and many other Food Policy Councils agree that withoutsustainability being taken into account, there is a greater risk of faltering and a less effective impact and means for health incommunities. Not only does sustainability ensure enough resources for food to be grown, it also ensures that no one person isbeing asked to do too much and involves many in the community that would not have all ready been involved. These systemsalso reduce food waste by developing a community network of clean and healthy food and when there is extra in one sector,someone else is able to use and utilize food as available. When these systems are developed, correct food pricing also ensuresthat more of the community has a foundation, with less strain on resources in the economy. Ensuring that nutrients aremaximized through local, organic and sustainable practice from seed to plate further mitigates any health issues that arise dueto pesticides, soil depletion, packaging, and nutrient deterioration due to time since harvest. Sustainability is one of the keyimportant factors to making sure that health is built from the ground up, taking care of all organisms within the system fromstart to finish.The complex issue of identifying solo causes of hunger and insecurity in food systems, is not an easy process but can start withknowing what works and building off of it.The World Food Program notes, ―there is a great deal of debate around foodsecurity with some arguing that:There is enough food in the world to feed everyone adequately; the problem is distribution.Future food needs can - or cannot - be met by current levels of production.National food security is paramount - or no longer necessary because of global trade.Globalization may - or may not - lead to the persistence of food insecurity and poverty in rural communities.‖Nothing else needs to be done, producers and distributers are doing what they should in order to make the systemfunction well and sustainably.Programs That Support Food SecurityCSAFarmer‘s MarketsCommunity GardensFarm to CafeteriaCommunity Food AssessmentsFood Policy CouncilsEconomic DevelopmentYouth ProgramsFood Waste Recycling3World Food Summit 1996, World Food Program
Organic Farming InitiativesFarmer Training and Intern ProgramsFood Policy GroupsFood security, at the most basic level is how much food as medicine is available. For families that eat together and are able tosustain and maintain bringing and having food in the home without much worry or risk taking, food can become a cherishedtradition that nurtures the body, spirit and togetherness, strengthening communities. For families that have to scrounge forfood, wait in soup lines and wonder whether or not their supplemental benefits are going to come through this week orworking at jobs that pay minimum wage (as an extreme example), obtaining food becomes as much of a burden as it doesmedicine. Low nutrient density foods that are inexpensive often become a choice in difficult situations. When families arestruggling, healthy isn‘t always the first thought, cost and habit become first priorities. Food security is as much knowing whatto do with resources at hand, as it is having the resources. Knowledge of how to eat inexpensively but healthfully, how togrow and have access to more food that is more beneficial are among the first steps for local citizens. As a group, it is our jobto teach and create the environments for this to happen, within food systems.―Issues such as whether households get enoughfood, how it is [prepared and] distributed within the household and whether that food fulfils the nutrition needs of allmembers of the household show that food security is clearly linked to health.‖4Community Food Security programs5 typically strive to attainmany of the following goals:Develop just, sustainable, and diverse food systemsMeet the food needs of everyone, including people with low incomesPromote good nutrition and healthRevitalize local communities and build self-reliance and collaborationFoster community economic development and strengthen local and regionalfood systemsLink farmers and consumers, and support sustainable and family-scale farmingPromote good working conditions and sustainable livelihoods for farmers andfood system workersChange policies and institutions to support community food security goalsHonor and celebrate diverse cultures and traditionsEnhance the dignity and joy of growing, preparing, and eating foodBuild capacity for people to create change through education and empowermentWhat is a Food Policy Council?A food policy council is a group of stakeholderswho advise a city, county or state government on policies related toagriculture, food distribution,hunger and nutrition6. They perform a variety of tasks, from researching food production andaccessissues, to designing and implementing projects and policies to address those issues. Such councilsprovide an effectiveforum for diverse stakeholders to work together to create positive changes intheir food system. Food policy councils that areworking to strengthen their community food securityapproach may include the following strategies:Diverse representation from various community members.Collaborative decision making processes.A food system perspective that leads to integrated approaches to local issues.A focus on addressing the needs of low-income and marginalized communitiesWhat Do Food Policy Councils Do?Agri-food entrepreneurshipAssess impact of local food on communityAssess land use available for farmingAssess food security and availability4World Health Organization5Community Food Security Projects6Community Food Security Projects
Support for food processingSupport for food purchasingAgricultural Processing Renaissance ZonesInformation and collaboration opportunitiesImmigrant farmer workshopsSupermarkets in underserved locationsHealthy food access through direct marketsSchool, community and urban gardensFood Assistance Program/Food Stamp ProgramSummer Food Service ProgramNutrition educationDemonstration projectsEmergency food needsBuy Local ProgramsFarm-to-schoolDepartment of Corrections food purchasesSupport for farmers marketsFarmland preservationNew market developmentIncreasing agriculture visibilityExpanding and stabilizing the farm workforceBring to the table a broader array of interests and voices, many of whom are not typically asked to be involved whenfarm and agriculture policy is discussed.Examine issues– such as hunger in the state, the nutritional well-being of citizens, and how to increase purchases oflocally grown food– with fresh eyes.Employ a comprehensive approach to analyzing issues, which recognizes the interrelation between different parts ofthe food system and the need to coordinate and integrate action if policy goals are to be achieved.7Sample Vision Statements From Programs Focused on Ending HungerAll City of Portland and Multnomah County residents have access to a wide variety of nutritious, affordable food, grownlocally and sustainably.The Vancouver Food Policy Council will support the development of a just and sustainable food system for the City ofVancouver that fosters sustainable equitable food production, distribution and consumption; nutrition; communitydevelopment and environmental health.A world without hunger. – Stop Hunger NowOur vision is to end senior hunger by 2020. – Meals on WheelsCHC is a leader in the movement to ensure access to food as a basic human right for all people. We create and nurturea community of innovative and inspiring leaders who act as change agents, bridging the gap betweengrassroots effortsand national and international public policy to provide access to nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate food. –Congressional Hunger Center, Fighting Hunger by Developing LeadersSample Purpose and Mission Statements7Complied from Minnesota Food Policy Council, Oklahoma Food Policy Council, Portland Food Policy Council
… Build a more complete local food system based on sustainable regional agriculture that fosters the local economy andassures that all people…have access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food. (Berkeley)Food Policy Councils can play the role of a "neutral" non-partisan forum to convene multiple stakeholders in a food system.For this reason, many FPCs become "food system specialists" and become a valuable resource for developing andimplementing risk management activities designed to serve the needs of traditionally under-served farmers and producers.FPCs can create additional leverage and amplification for moving forth public policy recommendations. (Colorado)We are committed to bringing together community members and organizations to promote stable food systems and access tohealthy, regionally produced food for all. Food Matters is working to foster collaborative relationships and action in pursuit ofour mission. (Iowa)Facilitates the development of responsible policies that improve access for Chicago residents to culturally appropriate,nutritionally sound, and affordable food that is grown through environmentally sustainable practices. (Illinois)Evanston Food Policy Council is a citizens group working to ensure everyones access to a safe and diverse regional foodsupply and to foster awareness of healthy food choices. We advocate sustainable agricultural policies, support organic growingpractices, and promote active urban-rural connections through our local food system. (Illinois)To cultivate a safe, healthy and available food supply for all of Michigans residents while building on the states agriculturaldiversity to enhance economic growth. (Michigan)Our mission is to build a more sustainable food system. We seek to impact local food production, grow more sustainable foodproducers, and enhance their connections to markets and resources. We do our work in the St. Croix River Valley and theTwin Cities Metro Area of Minnesota. – Minnesota Food AssociationThe vision of the policy council is to identify key food and agriculture policy issues and opportunities and address thesepriorities when set forth by the Council. The council works to build the capacity of agencies, organizations, individuals andcommunities to advocate for local, state and national food and agriculture policies that most benefit all New Mexicans. (NewMexico)Bring together a diverse array of stakeholders to integrate the aspects of the food system (production, distribution, access,consumption, processing and recycling) in order to enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health of theCity of Portland and Multnomah County. (Portland Multnomah County Food Policy Council)…Explores issues and develops recommendations to create an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable localfood system for the Dane county region. The council has recently been highlighted by the National Association of Counties asa model for other county governments. (Dane County Wisconsin)To turn leftover food into millions of meals for thousands of at-risk individuals while offering nationally recognized culinaryjob training to once homeless and hungry adults. (DC Central Kitchen)Feeding America is the nations leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Our mission is to feed Americas hungry through anationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. Feeding America has adoptedthe following Statement of Values, which guides all of our actions and planning. (Feeding America)To lead the movement and nurture the belief that together we can improve the lives of Marylanders by ending hunger.(Maryland Food Bank)To end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the worlds most vulnerable and by creating a globalcommitment to mobilize the necessary resources. – Stop Hunger NowOur mission is to provide national leadership to end senior hunger – Meals on WheelsCHC trains and inspires leaders who work to end hunger, andadvocates public policies that create a food secure world. –Congressional Hunger Center, Fighting Hunger by Developing Leaders
Starting with AgricultureAgriculture is the most basic foundation a community has. The local food economy is critical to an area‘s food security.Economies are often strengthened by stronger agriculture practices, providing more food for more people at a basic level andmore opportunities for people to make money or trade services that would not otherwise be able to do so. In areas that aredeemed ‗agricultural‘ zones, SNAP benefits are not required to be usable within more than 10 miles, causing some of the mostpoor and impoverished to be left at the will of charities, food banks and soup kitchens. Other related issues include:To what extent can economic and social policies - and food, agricultural and rural development policies - offset thediverse (and possibly negative) impacts of trade, costs, cost of living and price?How can the overall economic gains from trade benefit those who are most likely to be suffering from foodinsecurity?Do gains ―trickle down‖ to enhance economic access to food for the poor?Can unsellable foods be used in meal production (at low to no cost) to provide nutritional benefits, even if visualquality is lacking?How can food and agricultural production and trade be restrained from the over-exploitation of natural resources thatmay jeopardize food security in the long term?How to ensure that food products are of acceptable quality, safe to eat and available for sale and marketable torestaurants, grocery stores and other food markets?8What are some problem areas to overcome?Biofuels on farm landsComposting locallyEcological farming processesFarmer educationFarmers to participate in local food programs like Farm-To-SchoolFood accessFood regulations for farmersFood distribution to peopleFood distribution to local food organizationsHands to reap harvestMulti-use for farmlandsNutrition and health educationOrganic farmingSubsidies and competitive pricesJust and Sustainable Food SystemsA Just and Sustainable food system encompasses a wide range of issues associated with jurisdictions ranging from the local(e.g., Farmers Markets, community gardens and food banks) to the regional/national (e.g., Health, nutrition, agriculture, agri-food policy, natural resources, fisheries), to the global (e.g., International trade agreements, climate change impacts onagriculture). While recognizing the interconnections between food issues at different geographical scales, the focus of the workplan proposed by the Vancouver Food Policy Council has a strategic focus on areas that are within the jurisdiction of the Cityof Vancouver.9What are Some Sample Goals?The goals of these groups depend on Education, Facilitation and/or Programs, Nutrition and Health, Community, FoodSecurit, Food Systems, Preservation and Economics. These basic categories can be chosen from as staring places to moveforward for an individual group or each individual group that‘s part of the whole can choose areas of expertise and how tomove forward from there.8Interpreted from World Food Program9Vancouver Food Policy Council
* Note the abbreviations in the parenthesis at the end of the following statements represent food policy councils. Please seeAppendix II for their individual meanings.Education, Facilitation and/or ProgramsSupport the development and implementation of new community-based regional food policy councils (KS)Awareness of the policy and information on implementation strategies (CA-B)Sustainability (IL-LG)Benefits of buying local (IL-LG)Benefits of eating vegetables (IL-LG)Growing methods (IL-LG)Technical assistance in sustainable farming (MN)Coordinating outreach and education promoting voluntary participation in policy implementation to City residents,non-profit agencies, government agencies, businesses and other groups (CA-B)Promote urban agriculture throughout the City. (CA-B)Support regional small scale, sustainable agriculture that is environmentally sound, economically viable, sociallyresponsible, and non-exploitative (CA-B)Maximize the preservation of regional farmland and crop diversity (CA-B)Provide community information so residents may make informed choices about food and nutrition and encouragepublic participation in the development of policies and programs (CA-B)Streamline and clarify the rules and regulations governing direct-marketed foods to provide increased marketingopportunities (KS)Promote the use of regionally produced foods in programs serving at-risk populations (KS)Increase public ―food literacy.‖ We will promote the sharing of information that will allow communities to makefood-related choices that positively influence public health, social responsibility and environmental sustainability. (CA-O)Nutrition and Health (Human and Environmental)Build greater public health. Supporting the development of balanced food environments that empower residentswith opportunities to make healthy food choices and reduce environmental causes of obesity, diabetes, heart diseaseand other diet-related illnesses. (CA-O)Promote energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption. We will promote local, sustainable food production, andhelp transition to a locally- and regionally-based food system. (CA-O)Increase access to nutritionally adequate, culturally acceptable diet at all times through local non-emergencysources that maximize self-reliance in state (AZ)Low income (AZ)Individuals (AZ)Support the protection of environmental resources. We will promote consumption of locally and sustainably-grownfood, particularly food produced using environmentally-benign and energy-efficient growing, processing anddistribution practices. (CA-O)To improve nutrition and the provision of nutritional information (OK)Utilize a preventive approach to nutrition-related health problems. (CA-B)Investigation concerns health problems related to how food is produced and the possible incidental ingestion ofcarcinogens related to an historical switch to prepared and preserved foods instead of home-prepared whole foods.(KS)Changing how people eat (KS)Chronic health issues and nutrition (diabetes, heart disease and obesity) (KS)Improved school-based nutrition, reduction of childhood obesity, and other nutritional initiatives, working incoordination with health programs (KS)Nutritional density of foods, clean water, and air quality through improvements in agricultural practices. (KS)Educate about and promote stewardship and conservation of land, water and resources. (NM)
CommunityBring together like-minded individuals and stakeholders from within the food system (AZ, KS)Build partnerships, with funding sources, government and university agencies, nonprofit organizations, businessesand individuals to increase public awareness through communication, public events and farm visits. (MN)To broaden the discussion of issues beyond simply agricultural production to a more comprehensive, foodsystem-wide examination. (OK)To create a forum in which people involved in all different parts of the food system and government can meet tolearn more about what each one does and to consider how their actions impact other parts of the system. (OK)Establish a mission, organizational and operating structure and outreach to ensure inclusive membershiprepresenting a cross section of residents (AZ)Build relationships between Farmers and Consumers and/or rural and urban partnerships (IL-LG, MI)CSAs (MN)Support the development of local markets for agricultural products such as school lunch programs and farmers‘markets by emphasizing the cultural, economic and environmental importance of food production, and bypromoting local purchase of local farmers‘ produce and products as a way to increase the agricultural economy.(NM, MI)Strengthen economic and social linkages between urban consumers and regional small-scale farms (CA-B)Improve communication and coordination among programs providing food assistance to at-risk populations, andstreamline eligibility determination processes. (KS)Improve participation rates in government-sponsored nutrition assistance programs. (KS)Promote the viability of local farming and ranching and the retention and recruitment of small farmers andranchers (NM)Food SecurityEnsure that no citizen experiences hunger (CA-O)Generate cohesive strategies in order to improve community food security (AZ, KS)Improve the availability and viability of food, especially to residents in need. (CA-B, MI)Targets the problems of hunger and inadequate diets for low income and nutritionally at-risk populations, includingthe elderly, children, pregnant and nursing women, and incapacitated populations, with the goal of ensuring thesegroups receive the nutrition they need. (KS)Increase the regional production and marketing of food products. (KS)Increase awareness of and work to prevent food insecurity for New Mexican families and children. (NM)Food SystemsImprove local food systems (AZ, KS)Improve the availability of food to residents in need. (CA-B)Promote a ―closed-loop‖ food system. We will work for a system that eliminates pollution and use of non-renewablematerials, and will promote food scrap composting. (CA-O)Build knowledge and experience aroundo food access, (AZ)o production, (AZ)o distribution, (AZ)o consumption issues (AZ)To create an infrastructure within the food system which will better connect stakeholders such as food producers,consumers, communities, food processors, marketers, and government agencies, including those agencies which mayalso be consumers. (OK, KS)Develop, coordinate and implement a food system policy linking local economic development, environmentalprotection and preservation with farming and urban issues (CT, KS)Providing technical assistance to City programs working on implementation through collaboration with communitygroups and agencies such as the Food Policy Council (CA-B)Ensure that the food served in City programs shall, within the fiscal resources available:o be nutritious, fresh, and reflective of cultural diversity (CA-B)o be from regionally grown or processed sources to the maximum extent possible (CA-B)
o be organic (as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Programregulations) to the maximum extent possible (CA-B)o not come from sources that utilize excessive antibiotics, bovine growth hormones, irradiation, or transgenicmodification of organisms until such time as the practice is proven to enhance the local food system (CA-B)Develop and support greater access to nutritious foods at reasonable prices for those most in need, in both rural andurban communities, and to be sensitive to cultural and traditional food preferences. (NM)PreservationPromote the preservation of farming and farmland (AZ)Strive to ensure that all residents have access to health care, as well as basic food, housing and shelter (Goal #13, Cityof Evanston Strategic Plan, 2006)o Feed Back and AdviseExamine how state and local government actions shape the food system. (OK)Examine causes or hunger in local communities (CO)Examine effectiveness of food assistance programs. (CO)Advise and provide information to the Governor on the states FP (CT)Review and comment on any proposed state legislation and regulations that would affect the food policy system ofthe state (CT, NM)Annual report concerning activities with any appropriate recommendations on FP (CT, KS, NM)Prepare and submit to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating tothe environment (CT)Monitoring implementation and reporting on progress (CA-B)Coordinate with other cities, counties, state and federal government and other sectors on nutrition and food systemissues. (CA-B)Establish ongoing programs and projects to educate the public about food and agricultural systems based uponaccurate facts and reliable reports and analyses. (NM)EconomicsImprove the economic status of [those] involved in the food system byo creating new opportunities (OK)o increasing profitability (OK)o ensuring that food dollars stay close to home (OK)o Marketing (MN)o Business planning (MN)o througho local processing, (OK)o enhanced distribution, (OK)o direct marketing, (OK)o diversification of products, (OK)o Resource sharing (MN)o distribution of information regarding presently under-utilized opportunities. (OK)Strengthen economic and social linkages between urban consumers and regional small-scale farmsSupport local agriculture that is economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. We will helpmake the area a market for processing and consuming local food, with the objective of having at least 30 percent ofthe area‘s food needs sourced from within the City and the surrounding region. (CA-O)Promote community economic development. We will foster development in the food sector that creates living-wagejobs and local ownership in many sectors of the food system. (CA-O, MI)What are Some Strategies to Accomplishing these Goals?A.Local and Regional Food Systems1.Purchase fresh food from nearby and regional farms, gardens and food processors as a first priority, whenaffordable, readily available, and when quality standards are maintained. (CA-B)
2.Purchase prepared or processed foods from nearby, small businesses that procure ingredients from regional organicfarmers and food processors to the maximum extent possible. (CA-B)3.Support cooperatives, bartering, buying clubs, local currencies and other non-traditional payment mechanisms forpurchasing regionally and sustainably grown food. (CA-B)4.Join with neighboring food shed municipalities, county governments and organizations in the purchase ofagricultural conservation easements  in neighboring rural communities where feasible.5.Promote ecologically sound food cultivation in public and private spaces throughout Berkeley.B.Equitable Access to Nutritious Food1.Increase access to affordable fruits, vegetables and healthy foods for all Berkeley residents through support offarmer‘s markets, community supported agriculture, produce stands and other farm to neighborhood marketingstrategies. (CA-B)2.Promote neighborhood-based food production, processing, warehousing, distribution, and marketing. (CA-B)3.Improve public transportation that increases access to food shopping, especially in highly transit dependentcommunities.4.Assist low-income residents in accessing available emergency and subsidized food sources. (CA-B)5.Where feasible, make City-owned kitchen facilities available to community-based groups to provide nutritioneducation and increased access to healthy foods for residents. (CA-B)C.Public Policy1.Advocate for food labeling laws, and request that federal and state representatives support legislation that will clearlylabel food products that have been irradiated, transgenically modified or have been exposed to bovine growthhormones.2. Promote the use of the Precautionary Principle in agriculture and food issues to ensure the environment is notdegraded and residents are not exposed to environmental or health hazards in the production and availability of localfoods.3. Work with media to offset unhealthy eating messages and to promote activities that alter public opinion in waysthat will support policy initiatives that promote the publics health.4.Support state and local initiatives, including research, which provide clear, concise, accurate, culturally appropriatemessages about food and healthful eating patterns.5.Advocate for federal and state programs that increase access to nutritious food for low-income residents.6.Foster regional food production through support for initiatives that assist nearby farms, gardens, distributors andneighborhood stores.7.Advocate for local, state and federal actions that support implementation of the City of Berkeley Food andNutrition Policy.D.Public Outreach and Education1.Conduct outreach to a wide range of stakeholders in the food system through support of regular public events suchas festivals of regional food, resource guide on the regional food system, publicizing community supported agriculture(CSA) options, and Farmers markets. (CA-B)2.Provide training to appropriate City staff on basic nutrition, nutrition education, and the benefits of organic andregional sustainable agriculture. (CA-B)3.Provide accurate, ongoing, and culturally appropriate nutrition education messages to residents tailored to individualneeds and consider the whole health of individuals, including emotional, mental and environmental health as well associal-well-being. (CA-B)4.Consumer literacy, reading labels, analyzing conflicting healthy eating and weight loss messages, meal planning,cooking, and shopping for nutritious foods. (CA-B)5.Conduct citywide culturally specific social marketing activities promoting nutritious food choices. (CA-B)6.Increase food system literacy among residents on issues such as the environmental and social impact ofsynthetic biocides (fungicides, pesticides, and herbicides), large-scale industrial farming, and patenting of life forms.(CA-B)7.Provide training to residents and community groups in backyard, container, and rooftop gardening techniques.(CA-B)8.Provide information to residents on the impact of open-air propagation of transgenically modified plants and theuse of synthetic biocides. (CA-B)9.Outreach to neighborhood stores to promote the availability of a variety of fresh, affordable regional and organicproduce. (CA-B)
What are some sample accomplishments?…Examined the potential for increasing the amount of Oklahoma-grown and/or processed foods purchased bypublic institutions in the state. A survey of institutional food service directors was devised and mailed to 638 publicinstitutions, 85% of which were public schools.[Devised] The Oklahoma Farm-to-School Report – [that] contains a full analysis of the answers as well as an examinationof the importance of increasing local consumption of locally produced foods. In addition, The Oklahoma FoodConnection, a farm-to-school directory has been completed which contains information about Oklahoma foodproducers and what they grow, along with information about farmers markets, schools interested in buying locally,and a harvest calendar.Farm-to-school project beginning in 2004, a joint project of the Kerr Center and the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture,Food and Forestry. Four school districts (Broken Arrow, Edmond, Shawnee, and Tahlequah) participated in the pilotproject in the 2004/2005 school year. In 2005/2006, Tulsa and Muskogee were added.The Oklahoma Ag-in-the-Classroom program created a fun and educational ―watermelon curriculum‖ to be used inconjunction with the lunchtime watermelon.Legislation creating an official Oklahoma Farm-to-School Program passed both houses of the Oklahoma legislature inMay 2006. Governor Brad Henry signed the bill into law on June 7. The bill establishes a farm-to-school programwithin the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. It creates a position for a coordinator whose job is to develop theprogram statewide by providing information and assistance to both farmers and school food service directors, as wellas advising state agencies on what is needed to make the program a success.The bill encourages school districts to ―purchase…locally and regionally produced foods in order to improve childnutrition and strengthen local and regional farm economies.‖In 2006, the program expanded greatly. Thirty-five school districts – a total of 370 schools – servedOklahoma-grown watermelons and honeydew melons in the cafeteria as part of the Oklahoma Farm-to-SchoolProgram.Declaration on Food and Nutrition, 1991Produced 15 discussion papers linking hunger to food systems policy.Provided fundraising assistance to obtain $3.5 million for projects increasing access to affordable nourishing food inthe early 1990s.Provided fundraising assistance to obtain $3.5 million for projects increasing access to affordable nourishing food inthe early 1990s.Food Access ProgramEmergency food assistance and informational outreachPlanting the Seeds (2000) and A Growing Season (2001)In Healtho Conducted critical research and advocacy on potentially negative health impacts of Bovine Growth Hormone,contributing to a successful campaign that led to the federal governments refusal to license thisbiotechnology product for use in Canadian dairy operations.o Co-authored the Ontario Public Health Associations Food and Nutrition Strategy Statement.o Helped form the Greater Toronto Food Policy Commission, bridging City and regional Boards of Health inbiotechnology discussions.o Co-wrote Is Food The Next Public Health Challenge?for Toronto Board of Health in 1998.o Participated in Breastfeeding Network of Metropolitan Toronto, and played key roles in its research, analysis,social marketing campaigns and coalition building.o Promoted the Innocenti Declaration of UNICEF and the World Health Organization, culminating in the"Mother Friendly Workplace" initiative at Toronto City Hall.o Promoted the Innocenti Declaration of UNICEF and the World Health Organization, culminating in the"Mother Friendly Workplace" initiative at Toronto City Hall.o Helped create Ontarios first Green Community food program.o Worked with Student Nutrition Coalition to expand school food programs in the City from 53 to 350.o Helped persuade the provincial government to fund student nutrition programs.o Participated, with Food Share and Centre For Science in the Public Interest, in campaign to promotenutritious home-made baby food.In Agriculture Land Preservation and Urban Planningo Consulting on commissions, planning boards , and Environmental Task Force
Economic Developmento Worked with different levels of government, as well as business and community groups, on the need for anew food-processing centre in Toronto, to retain industrial jobs and promote environmentally-soundapproaches to food processing. Called the Toronto Food Fair proposal, the initiative profiled small foodbusinesses as essential to a job creation strategy.o Worked with the City of Toronto Economic Development Division on a consolidated approval process forpublic health regulation of small food processing businesses.o Researched commercial kitchen incubators for City of Toronto Economic Development Division andFoodShare, which led to construction of a 2,000 sq. foot incubator kitchen at 200 Eastern Avenue in 1997.o Initiated a "Buy Ontario" food program involving Huron County farmers and eight Ontario hospitals toincrease hospital purchases of local foods.o Worked with city staff and Community Economic Development groups to form a Local EconomicDevelopment strategy for the City of Toronto in 1997.o Organised business development workshops for Food Access Program Grant recipients on project planning,food handling, distribution and marketing.o Promoted farmers markets, including the Junction Farmers Market, in collaboration with local BusinessImprovement Associations.o Worked with the Economic Development Committee, Board of Health, and Parks and Recreation to developstrategies for farmers markets featured at various civic centres.Urban Agriculture & Food Waste Recoveryo Promoted redesign of Torontos urban infrastructure on a more sustainable model that mimics the "close-looped" energy pathways and cycles of nature.o Advocated that the City capture its food wet waste stream of compostable organics.o A principle of "no net loss of urban nutrient resources" means using waste from one food consumption asfeedstock for urban agriculture, community gardening, bio-gas development and brownfield remediation.o Served on the Steering Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Energys Wet Waste StrategicPlanning process.o Participated in several community composting projects, such as Toronto Urban Nutrient RecoveryCommittee in the Broadview-Gerrardneighbourhood, and the Greenest City worm project in KensingtonMarket neighbourhood.o Reported to the Board of Health on a one-tonne per day pilot composting project, adopted by Works andEnvironment Department in 1997. Participated in the Metro Wet Waste sub-committee, resulting in sixcomposting projects.o Co-ordinated a half-day workshop on food miles at the 1998 Moving the Economy alternative transportationconference in Toronto.o Worked with the green community movement to propose using compost and specified crops to remediatecertain brownfield sites.o Completed a pre-feasibility study for the Toronto Atmospheric Fund on a neighbourhood business model ofa composting greenhouse that captures heat, nutrients and carbon dioxide.o Submitted Feeding the City from the Back Forty for the Environmental Task Force to show how Torontocould produce 25 per cent of its fruits and vegetables by 2025.o Initiated and organised the first North American Conference on Urban Agriculture, March 6, 2000 in Philadelphia.o This conference brought together 100 participants who heard from civic officials, economic developmentofficers, growers, brokers and buyers.o Founded the Rooftop Garden Resource Group to launch green roof research and promote a green roofindustry in Canada.o Helped initiate the City Hall Green Roof project in 1999.o Worked with the advisory group for the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation study, Greenbacks fromGreenroofs: Creating a New Industry in Canada, and hosted a conference of the same name in 1998.Community Gardenso Led the effort for a community gardening strategy in Toronto, resulting in an expansion from 50 communitygardens in 1991 to 122 in 2001.o Chaired Interdepartmental Working Group that crafted Supports for Urban Food Production: Creating a GardenCity, 1993.o Played an international role with the American Community Gardening Association, and in conferencepresentations and networking in Europe and South Africa.o Supported the Alex Wilson community garden park in downtown Toronto, 1997.
o Helped coordinate GROW T.O.GETHER Community Gardeners, and its successor, the TorontoCommunity Gardening Network, which we co-chair.o Chaired the School Garden and Compost Committee at the Toronto Board of Education, 1992-1998.o Conducted 25 workshops for parents and teachers, and completed manual on guidelines for school gardenand compost projects.Communications, Capacity Building and Public Educationo Given hundreds of speeches and slide show presentations on community food security, sustainable foodsystems and urban agriculture to university classes, and environmental and community groups.o Helped organize, with Ryerson University Centre for Studies in Food Security, the International Urban FoodSystems Conference.o Built and maintained a food security resource centre used by the general public, researchers and universitystudents.o Presented at the 1997 Jane Jacobs Ideas that Matter conference.o Participated on the executive or board of many organizations and agencies, including American CommunityGardening Association, Community Food Security Coalition, FoodShare Toronto, HungerWatch, andRyerson University Centre for Studies in Food Security.o Supervised undergraduate and graduate student research reports in collaboration with Ryerson University,University of Toronto and York University.Authored the Local Food Purchase Program Policy (Dane County, Wisconsin)Partnered with the Institutional Food Market Coalition on a pilot program with the Badgerland Produce Auction toget consolidated food service to serve more than 7,500 lbs of fruits and vegetables. (Dane County, Wisconsin)Organized "Planting Seeds for our Future" conference to focus on social, environmental, and economic linkages andco-sponsored "Southwest Regional Hunger Forum‖ focused on hunger, nutrition, and food access. (Dane County,Wisconsin)Finalist in the National Association of Counties (NACO) Sustainable Community Awards program (Dane County,Wisconsin)Facilitated Food Security Coalition for emerging food policy councils (Dane County, Wisconsin)Sustainable Food Presentations (Dane County, Wisconsin)Organized meeting on local food distribution issues (Dane County, Wisconsin)Coordinate farm tours (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Looking at Food Systems, a Visual ApproachFood Systems are as strong as each of their compnents: production, distribution, consumptiona and waste andrecycling. Each of these are fueld by economic, bio-physical, policy and social factors. Resources flow into these andhealth and well-being are expected as the outcomes from a well-functioning system. The following sets of graphs showthese components and a broad range of factors that influence resources and health and well-being outcomes. In all butthe first figure below, there are boxes to the right and left of each circle. These boxes include some ways and means totackle and overcome hunger issues through food security programs and food policy programs.While these lists are not exclusive nor totally inclusive, they are a launching point to start discussion on the ways andmeans to end hunger In the Southern Maryland area. These suggestions include what farmers can do, what grocerystore owners can do, what food pantries can do and how individual citizens in the Southern Marland ara can contributeto ensuring healthy, sustainable food for all. Doing this not only provides purpose, skill and education for many whomight not have had them otherwise, but also helps local residents to be ensured that we are working together towardscommon goals and for the greater good for all. Other suggestions and ideas should be centered around these issues andhow to overcome obstacles or how to improve systems all ready in place. Many of the nummerated suggestions havean acronym or name in parenethesis in them. These are the companies that are currently tackling these issues all readysuggested to be working on concert with the suggested Food Policy Group. These acronyms are listed in Appendix II.
Figure 1 – Basic outline of Food Systems and their internal and external influences.
Figure 2–How diversification of farms can be used to influence food systems and the types of support that would be useful.
Figure 3 – How distribution influences the resources, health and well-being available and visa-versa.Figure 4 – A look at ways to change consumption of citizens in the area.
Figure 5 – How agronomic practices, food processing and food processing can be improved within food systems.Figure 6 – How policy support can influence food systems and food security and how it can be changed within our current systems in place.
How do we Overcome Hunger in Southern Maryland?This is a diverse and complicated subject. Some say it‘sget more food. Others indicate it‘s get more people jobs, purpose anda place in society. While there is no one exact area to be changed or one individual step to take, there are problem areas thatcan be addressed and respective parties in charge of or that have an influence on these areas can become more able andprepared to do their part, supporting those in the community without the means to accomplish for themselves. The problemareas and recommendations listed below are a start to doing that.Problem Areas1) Health10a. Obesityb. Affordable health carec. Drugs and tobacco used. Cancere. Heart Diseasef. Organicg. Healthy Foods2) Communicationa. Developing the ways, means and patterns to communicate among groups.b. Developing the ways, means and patterns to disseminate information to those in need.c. Developing the ways, means and patterns to have others let us know they want to help or be apart oforganization/organizing.3) Locationa. Locations for programs, educational and outreach spots.b. Locations to disseminate healthy foods to those in need and the availability of transportation to get there.4) Distributiona. Distributing food in a cost effective way to those in need.b. Picking up food from farms.5) Pricea. Consideration for farmers for fair and equitable prices.b. Consideration for buyers – sliding scale or income based food buying or bulk pricing or purchase plans forthose on benefit programs.6) Educationa. For Farmers to distribute food in a healthy manner.b. For Farmers to grow organically.c. For Farmers to know where to sell.d. For public to know why whole and healthy foods are a priority.e. For the public to know how to utilize healthy foods.f. Teaching public to farm for themselves.7) Sustainable Food Systemsa. Waste from restaurants being discarded.b. Compost scraps not being re-used.c. Compost being used on farms.d. Waste runoff into the water.e. Eco-friendly packaging and containers.f. Local food buying – decreases food miles, health of food and people.g. Variety of local foods that meet nutritional needs.h. Community support and regulations met to maintaini. Fiscally responsiblej. Accessible processing centersRecommendations1) Set Policy Into Groups working on individual areas of interest2) Decide and define which companies are already working on ending hunger10As defined by the Charles County Needs Assessment 2011
3) Decide and define how those companies and organizations need help and support and/or how they can worktogether.4) Develop and understand ways and means for supporting current programs and developing others.5) Develop a series of farmer‘s conferences before spring plantinga. Desire and land availability to plant for helping needyb. Need to have help for food harvesting and productioni. Required costs and cost projectionsc. Green farming programs6) Develop and understand programs to enhance health and reduce disparity among people and waste in food systema. Conferencesb. Support and recognizing preventative and informational health care companies and organizationsc. Information sharing for health and training programs in the areas of health and health information7) Work on investing in at least one food center for farmers to prepare fooda. One per county preferredb. Refrigerator, steamer, and clean area8) Collaborate/ Set up meeting with all who are working on ending hunger in Southern Marylanda. Define problem areasb. Realize goals for organizationsc. Set up ways to help or communicate better9) Develop websitea. To communicate all food policy happeningsi. For farmersii. The needyiii. The helpersiv. Those who can be helped10) Develop educational toolsa. Growing home gardenb. Growing organicallyc. Health and nutrition11) Develop systems to encourage local food to hungry peoplea. Those in needb. Those in restaurantsc. Those in grocery stores
Current Programs Working on Hunger Solutions in Southern MarylandAreaAgriculture and Farming OperationsAccokeek Foundation- Training ProgramsEnd Hunger Calvert- Two farms growing food for Calvert Food BanksFarm to School- St. Mary‘s County- Mt. Hope NanjemoyMaster Gardner‘s Program- Grow it, Eat itPeople‘s GardensSerenity FarmsSouthern Maryland Agriculture DevelopmentComission- SoMD So GoodThomas Stone High School- School GardensHealth OutreachBlack Leadership Council for Excellence- Health disparities ProjectCharles County Health Department- Healthy Stores Project- Health Disparities- Chronic Disease Prevention TeamLiving Branches Wellness- Health coaching- Community Gardening- Food distribution systems- Lectures and informational sessionsSouthern Maryland Rural Health Network with St.Mary‘s Hospital- Health OutreachFood Distribution and Systems (*to Needy)Calvert County Community Food Pantry*- Food distribution to people in needChrist Episcopal Church- Food pantryChristian Family Baptist Church*- Community Garden- Training Program- Volunteer AssistanceCircle of Angels*- Food DistributionFarmer‘s Markets- Mayonae- La Plata- Waldorf- St. Charles- Barstow- Prince Frederick- Solomon‘s- North Beach- California- North St. Mary‘s CountyFarms Participating- End Hunger Calvert- Life Stream of the Nazarene- Serenity Farms- Spider Hill FarmsFirst Friendship Pantry- Serve families in the Ridge, St. Inigoes and Scotlandareas every Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon.First Friendship Hall13723 Point Lookout Rd.Ridge, MD 20680Government- Economic Development, Calvert, Charles, St.Mary‘s
- Health Department, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary‘s- Social Services, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary‘sJoe‘s Place*- Distributes food every other weekLa Plata United Methodist Church*- Weekly MealsLife Stream Church of the Nazarene*- Community Garden and Food DistributionThe Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen at St. Paul‘sChurch- Food Bank- Open on Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00 - 12:30.Lunch is served on Tuesday and Thursday, Groceriesare only distributed on Thursday.25550 Point Lookout RoadLeonardtown, MD 20650301 475 7200Manna from In Gods Care PantryHours: Wednesday 9am- 2pmWe deliver to Seniors and HandicapServing all of Calvert County2365 Delight CourtSt. Leonard, Maryland 20685443 295 7122Email- email@example.comMarys Food Pantry (Sponsored by Scared HeartChurch - La Plata)Only on Saturdays and only on Specified Dates9 a.m. to Noon301-934-2261 at Sacred Heart Church201 St. Marys AvenueLa Plata, MD 20646Our Daily Bread10:00-11:30 Wed and Fri301-863-4740 20850Langley Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653Panera Bread*- Bread DonationsQuality Printers*- Donation BasketsMeals on Wheels (Western Charles CommunityAssociation)- Distributes Food to In Need ResidencesSouthern Maryland Food Bank*- Distributes Food to Local Food BanksSt. Mary‘s Caring- Provides nutritious meals 5 days/weekSHARE Food Network*- Grace Lutheran Church- Christ Missionary Baptist Church- Grace Lutheran Church- New Hope A M E Church- Our Lady Help of Christians- St Vincent De Paul- Zion Wesley United Methodist ChurchSMILE10290 H G Trueman RoadLusby, MD 20657Hours of operation areWed and Thursday from 10 – 2Saturday from 9 – 12410 236 0009http://www.smileinc.org/We serve Calvert county from Broomes Island Roadsouth to SolomonsSNAP *- Calvert County Health Department- Charles County Health Department- St. Mary’s County Health DepartmentSouthern Maryland Women’s League*- Donation BasketsSt. Clement’s Family Center- Pantry- Open Tue, Wed, Th from 10 – 12 & 1-3301-769-2788St. Mary‘s County residents21506 Colton Point Rd.,Avenue MD 20609Walmart*- Donations
Western Charles County Community ActionCommittee*- Working on ending hunger through givingWIC*- Food for women, infants and children
26Organizations Currently on Southern Maryland Community Food CouncilAccokeek FoundationMolly Meehan, Community Outreach and EducationCoordinatormmeehan@accokeek.org3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20607301-283-2113www.accokeek.orgPreservation, protection and enhancement land andhistorical sites in the Potomac River basinSouthern MarylandCalvert Churches Community Food PantryGus Wolf, President, CEOJean Wolfgwolfpack@comcast.netPO Box 1334, 100 Gibsail Dr., Suite 101,Huntingtown, MD 20639410-414-7474www.calvertgrace.org/c/40/Provides food and emergency assistance to Calvert CountyResidents in needCalvertCalvert County Department of EconomicDevelopmentKelly Robertson, Business Development SpecialistJanette Ashworthslaglekr@co.cal.md.us1-800-331-9771|410-535-4585 (f)Courthouse, Prince Frederick, MD 20678www.ecalvert.comPromotes products and Agri-Tourism and expandingmarkets for agri-businessCitizens of and workers in Calvert CountyCalvertCalvert County Department of Planning & ZoningVeronica Cristo, Rural PlannerCristova@co.cal.md.us410-535-1600 x 2489150 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678Works on Sustainable agriculture and land preservationCharles County Dept of Social ServicesJuan Manuel Thompson, Public Information OfficerJthomps4@dhr.state.md.us301-392-6841200 Kent Avenue, LaPlata, MD 20646www.dhr.state.md.us/county/charles/index.phpFood and Nutrition Services, etc.Low income people and families who need assistanceCharlesChrist Church (Episcopal) Port Tobacco ParishRev. Eric Shoemaker, Reverendjjackoe@comcast.net112 East Charles Street, P.O. Box 760, La Plata, MD20646www.christchurchlaplata.org301-392-1051Support regional food pantries feeding hungerHomeless and dispossessedSouthern MarylandCircle of AngelsRoseanna Vogt, Directorinfo@circleofangels.orgP.O. Box 7 Friendship, MD 20758301-778-3848www.circleofangels.orgPoverty Elimination, Mutual Aid HousingFor the impoverishedEnd Hunger In Calvert CountyRobert Hahn, Rev., Chairmanrhahn@chesapeakechurch.orgP.O Box 758 Huntingtown, MD 20639410-257-5672www.endhungercalvert.orgMission: End Hunger in Calvert CountyVision: A growing network of people helping othersbecome self-sufficient.Create permanent solutions that move them fromdependency to self-sufficiencyCalvert CountyFarm4HungerBernie Fowler, DirectorFarming4hunger@hotmail.comhttp://www.farming4hunger.com/http://www.facebook.com/Farming4Hunger443-771-0336PO BOX 2348Prince Frderick, MD 20678Living BranchesRose Ann Haft, Directorrose@livingfromtheearth.com301-752-1425305 C Centennial Street, Suite #201, La Plata, MD 20646To create the ways and means for collaboration,sustainability and total community and ecologicalhealth and vibrancy.
27EveryoneSouthern MarylandSerenity FarmsFranklin Robinson, SecretaryFranklinrobinson3@yahoo.comRobinsonF@si.edu6932 Serenity Farm Road Benedict, MD301-274-3829|301-399-1629(c)|301-399-1634(c)www.serenityfarminc.comFarm, Store, Education and ToursEveryoneCharles CountySouthern Maryland Agricultural DevelopmentCommission (SMADC)Christine Bergmark, Executive Directorcbergmark@smadc.comSusan McQuilkin, Marketing ExecutiveSmcquilkin@smadc.comP.O. Box 74515045 Burnt Store Road,Hughesville, MD 20637301-274-1922www.smadc.comFarms, General Public, Policy Makers for reducing tobaccouse, influence of farming on waterways, awareness forhealthy foods and healthier environmentSouthern MarylandSouthern Maryland Food Bank(1983)Brenda D‘CarloBrenda.DiCarlo@catholiccharitiesdc.orgP.O. Box 613, Hughesville, MD 20637301-274-0695 |301-274-0681 (f)http://www.smfb.somd.com/Bulk Food DistributionFood Pantries, Shelters, Group Homes, Soup Kitchens‗Using the very best business practices possible andproving educational trainings, events, projects and newprograms that will better the lives of those we serve andfill the gap that assist due to food insecurity.‘Calvert, Charles County, St. Mary‘sSouthern Maryland Resource Conservation &Development Council (representing the Charles CountyCommissioners)Michael Pellegrino, Board MemberPASARCH@verizon.net301-475-8427 ext. 6|301-475-8391 (f)26737 Radio Station Way, Ste D, Leonardtown, MD 20650http://www.somdrcd.org/Southern MarylandSouthern Maryland Rural Health Disparities andNetwork with St. Mary’s HospitalNina Voehlpi007voehl@aol.comJacklyn Shaw, Co-Chair, Grants CoordinatorJaclyn_Shaw@smhwecare.comLori Werrell, Chair and Director of Health Connections301-475-6184|301-475-619525500 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650www.smhwecare.comMission: To decrease health disparities and obesity inchildren and adults in the underserved population inSouthern Maryland by building comprehensivestrategies that promote healthy eating, increasedphysical activity and health education.Vision: To elevate and empower those affected by obesityin St. Mary‘s County through education, advocacy andsupport.Spider Hall FarmDavid and Susan Cox, Ownerscoxfarm1@verizon.net410-610-00943915 Hallowing Point Rd., Prince Frederick, MD 20678www.spiderhallfarm.comAgriculture Education, Farming for Hunger, Local farmstandEnd Hunger Calvert, other local citizensCalvert CountySt. Mary’s CaringDana McGaritystmcaring@gmail.com20850 Langley Road in Lexington Park, MD301-863-5700http://stmaryscaring.org/Lexington ParkProvides nutritious, economical breakfast and lunch,Monday through Saturday, free of chargeLess FortunateSt. Mary’s , University of Maryland CooperativeExtensionJane Frances Kostenko, Nutrition Associate Agent, FoodSupplemental Nutrition Education firstname.lastname@example.orgLiat L. Mackey, Family and Consumer Sciences ExtensionEducatorlmackey@umd.eduP. O. Box 663/21580 Peabody Street, Leonardtown, MD20650301-475-4482|301-475-4484|301-475-4483 (f)www.stmarys.umd.eduwww.agnr.umd.eduAdministration, 4H & Youth Development, Food &Nutrition, Family & Consumer Services, Agriculture &Natural Resources Nutrient ManagementEveryone, especially Underserved and Low-IncomeSt. Marys
28Other Priority Organizations and Partners Suggested to Work With and ConsiderCivistaWilling Helper‘s Society, La Plata, MDSouthern Maryland Tri-County Community ActionCommitteeTri-County CouncilGood EarthAccokeek FoundationProsperity AcresReaching Out NowOffice of Community ServicesDepartment of Economic and Community DevelopmentFarmersFarmers‘ market managersCommunity representativesPublic, Private and Non-Profit entities that all have a stakein addressing Food Policies in SoMDAgricultural DepartmentsFarm BureauHospitalsHealth DepartmentsFood VendorsFood DistributorsWICWARMSHARESt. Mary‘s CollegeCollege of Southern MarylandRepresentatives from all county planning committeesRepresentation for the Transportation systemClergyCounty Governments (local management boards, publicaffairs rep)Farmer‘sCivic groups( Knights of Columbus, Optimist, Jaycees)Chamber of CommerceUSDANRCSState RepresentativesMD Food BankMaryland Food ProgramMedical volunteersNutritionistsFinanciersCommunity activists and leadersLiaison officers with state and county governmentsRegional trucking associations or company groupLocal Members of the National Grocers Association orlocal grocer groupRestaurants associations or groupEconomic development organizations to make certain thatagriculture and food system projects are recognized ascontributors improving the local economyEducators – from elementary level through collegeBonnie SigwaltGary FickRestaurantLinda ThomasFarmers
29Priorities as Defined in Assessment 1 of FPCAccess - Affordable Foods (UMDCE, AF,SMADC)Access - Healthy Foods (UMDCE, LB, AF, SMADC)Access - Local Foods (SMFB, UMDCE, AF,SMADC)Access – Land to farm (AF, LB)Access – Markets (AF)Access – Food to Underserved Populations(SMADC, LB)Access – USDA Approved processing center (AF,LB)Assessment - Behavioral Changes Post Education(SMCE)Assessment - Disease Prevention (SMRHDON)Assessment - Facilities to increase healthy, safe,affordable food access (UMDCE)Assessment - Initiatives to increase healthy, safe,affordable food access (UMDCE)Assessment - Innovation and Alternatives(SMRCDC)Assessment - Policies and facilitation resulting inincreased healthy, safe, affordable foodconsumption (UMDCE)Assessment - Viability and effectiveness of practices(SMRCDC)Assessment – Locations of underserved populations(LB)Communication - Amongst Farmers (CCDED)Communication - In Schools (SMRCDC)Communication - USDA and MDA Policy (SF)Communications – Farmers, needy, community(SMFB)Communications - Interested and active organizationsaddressing land use and nutritional needs(SMADC)Communications - Of regional activities and eligibilityof programs like SNAP (JS, CCDSS)Communications – About healthy foods to public,elected officials (SMADC)Community and Collaboration - Agriculture heritage(SMRCDC)Community and Collaboration – Among Farmers(CCDED)Community and Collaboration – Schools (SMRCDC)Community and Collaboration – Needs andProvisions (SMFB)Distribution - Program To Benefit Needy(CCCFP, LB)Distribution – To schools, hospitals,governments, etc. (AF)Economic - Business Development (CCDED)Economic - Encourage Agricultural Careers(CCDED)Economic - Mentoring (CCDED)Economic - Grant Seeking (SMFB)Economic - Price Reduction (SMC)Economic - Price RegulationEconomic - Reduced Cost (SMFB, SMC)Economic - Agriculture economic developmentencouraged (CCDSS)Economic – Encourage jobs and work shareprograms for farmers, or farm help (LB)Economic – Encourage work for food programs(LB)Education - Best Practices (EHCC, LB)Education - Disease Prevention (SMRHDON)Education - Farmer, Continued ED (CCDED, AF)Education - Health and Wellness (SMRHDON)Education - Low Income (SMCE, SMDADC)Education - Native Habitats (SMRCDC)Education - Nutrition (CCCFP ,SMRHDON,SMADC)Education - Benefits of Local/Fresh (SMC)Education - Hands On Safety, Security and Preparing(SMC)Educational - Ethical Values (SMRCDC)Education – Sustainable Food (LB)Facilitation - Branding and Reputation (SF)Facilitation - Build Resource Site and Network(SMFB)Facilitation - Emergency Assistance (CCCFP ,SMCE)Facilitation - Food Distribution and Food Ensuring(EHCC)Facilitation - Food Production at Home (UMDCE)Facilitation - Food Production in Community(UMDCE)Facilitation - Food Security (SMFB)Facilitation - Interested and active organizationsaddressing land use and nutritional needs(SMADC)Facilitation - Reaching those in need, low-income(SMFB, SMC, SMCE)
30Incentives - Farmers to produce more and sell locally(SF)Incentives - Legislation (SF)Incentives - Tax (SF)Investment - Food Locker/ Processing Center -Mobile or Stationary (SF, CCDED, UMDCE)Investment – Markets in underserved areas (AF,LB)Investment - Infrastructure, Community Centers(CCDSS, CCDED, SMRHDON)Nutrition - Healthier choices distributed (CCCFP,SMRHDON)Nutrition - Crop planning for health - (CCCFP)Nutrition – Education (LB, AF)Outreach –About Farmers Markets (SMCE)Outreach –To Farmers Markets (SMCE)Outreach - Increase Consumer Base (SMC)Policy Development – To encourage farmers tocontinue to farm (AF)Policy Development – For small farms and mediumsized farms (AF)Policy Development – Relationships between schools,hospitals, government, farms etc for food (AF)Policy Development - Regulation - USDA? MDA?(SF)Policy Development – Sustainable and clean foodproduction (LB, CoA)Policy Development – Healthy foods tounderserved people (LB)Program Development - School Gardens and Farm toSchool (SMRHDON, EHCC)Program Development - Supplemental NutritionAssistance Program (CCDSS)Program Development - Physical Fitness(SMRHDON)Program Development – Healthy Food to all(LB, SHF)Systems – Fresh and Local food (AF, LB, SMADC)Systems – Include schools, farms, hospitals andrestaurants (LB, AF)System – Interested and active organizationsaddressing land use and nutritional needs(SMADC, CoA)Systems - Process Enhancement (SMFB)Systems – Sustainable Food (LB, CoA)Value - Buy Local (SMFB, SMC, AF, SMADC)Value - Cooperation (AF, LB, SMADC)Value - Educational Centers (SMRHDON)Value - Farmers Markets (SMRHDON, AF)Value - Healthy living (SMRHDON, AF,SMADC)Value - Physical Fitness (SMRHDON)Value - Protection and preservation of agricultureand natural heritage for future generations(SMRCDC)Value – Sustainable Foods (LB)Value - Synergy (LB)Value – Wellness(SMRHDON)
31List of Actual Responses from Food Policy Council1.) (SMFB) (short term) (1) to support efforts to bring awareness of food insecurity to the community, where those thatneed assistance can go and where those that would like to help can contribute2.) (SMFB) (long term) (2) become a driving force in how well our community supports its neighbors3.) (SMFB) (long term) (3) be the resource site for any need4.) (SMFB) (long term) (4) become a unit that can contend for long term grants and funding that help each member dowhat they do better5.) (SMC ) (1) Easy access to reasonably priced, locally produced products, for low income persons and families6.) (SMC) (2) Hands on education in securing and preparation of these products, and the benefits of them versusprocessed/trucked foods7.) (SMC ) (3) Increased consumer base for local farmers (who can then produce more at lower prices)8.) (SF) (1) a USDA locker plant in the Southern Maryland area, whether it be mobile or stationary. Also coordinationbetween USDA and MDA with regard to policy and regulation is desperately needed. Streamlining and aligning thetwo would save the farmer/producer many headaches.9.) (SF) (2) continued coordination with local farmers and organizations to present ourselves as a unique brand, easilyrecognizable and known throughout the state and region.10.) (SF) (3) increased incentives for farmers to continue to produce and sell locally, whether that be tax incentives orspecific legislation.11.) (CCCFP) (1) provide emergency assistance, and when necessary, disaster assistance. (short-term)12.) (CCCFP) (2) provide direction (not counseling) for nutrition, food preparation, and basic food safety13.) (CCCFP) (3) provide monthly assistance to supplement monthly food needs for families and individuals14.) (CCCFP) (4) provide high protein choices, including eggs, tuna, salmon, pork. beef, chicken, turkey and venison forclients15.) (CCCFP) (5) Minimize high calorie foods, drinks, snacks and desserts while providing alternative choices16.) (SMH&SMCOC) The Coalition currently has working Sub-Committees on Marketing and Social Campaigns(awareness), Policy (prevention) and Demonstrations (interventions). The Southern Maryland Food Policy Councilcould be a driving force for the Policy Sub-Committee and will be a major source of information on current initiativeswithin the SOMD region.17.) (SMCE) (1) Identify and reach low-income groups.18.) (SMCE) (2) Provide educational opportunities for those individuals.19.) (SMCE) (3) Provide follow-up to those individuals to assess behavior change after educational event.20.) (CCDSS) (1) Establishing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at regional farmers markets21.) (CCDSS) (2) Providing information resources and market eligibility criteria for the Supplemental Nutrition AssistanceProgram (SNAP) for families, adults and children22.) (CCDSS) (3) Provide emergency assistance, and when necessary, disaster assistance planning for the region23.) (SMRCDC) (1) Goal III: Cooperate with schools and a wide array of regional partners to educate SouthernMarylanders on the value of preserving and protecting our agricultural and natural heritage for the benefit of presentand future generations24.) (SMRCDC) (2) Goal IV: Impact at least 20 businesses annually by preserving, increasing and/or further developingthe economic and environmental viability of the diverse resource-based industries in Southern Maryland in a safe andsustainable manner.25.) (SMRCDC) (3)Goal V: Utilize diverse educational opportunities and outreach to Southern Maryland audiences topromote a land ethic that values native habitat in the RC&D Development Area.26.) (SMRCDC) (4) Goal VII: Help our county governments protect the Development Areas unique agricultural heritageand natural character by presenting annually the most innovative development alternatives to partners, communitiesand agricultural operations.27.) (SMRHDON) (1) Healthy Living/Nutrition Education28.) (SMRHDON) (2) Early Detection/Referral Treatment29.) (SMRHDON) (3) School-based Garden and Farmers Market30.) (SMRHDON) (4) Physical Fitness and Wellness Centers31.) (SMRHDON) (5) Disease Prevention/Health Promotion32.) (LB) (1) Sustainable Food Practice33.) (LB) (2) Ensuring food sharing and availability for low-income and high risk persons34.) (LB) (3) Encouraging health and balance in diet and daily practice through education, community and collaboration35.) (LB) (4) Developing infrastructure, means and availability of equipment sharing and food processing centers
3236.) (LB) (5) Develop a system where sustainable incomes can be earned in community based food systems37.) (SHF) (1) Feeding the hungry-in a coordinated effort38.) (SHF) (2) Providing a network of support for the farm stands/farms to better serve the citizens with local produce.List of farm stands, list of places for fresh produce.39.) (SHF) (3) A place for sharing of ideas, resources, professional insight, assistance from govt. agencies in getting themessage of the importance of agriculture to the public.40.) (SHF) (4) This committee could serve as a valuable resource in coordinating efforts of local farmers and businesses.There are a lot of great ideas from this committee with many wonderful people putting in a lot of effort. It would begreat to coordinate some of that effort and connect people to each other.41.) (SHF) (5) I think the Council should do nothing for the region, but the individuals with individual businesses doeverything for the region. The Council is just a vehicle to get the connections made.42.) (CoA) (1) collaboration with other like-minded organizations to meet our mission43.) (CoA) (2) more organic and healthful access to nutritional food44.) (CoA) (3) a clean and healthy environment45.) (UMDCE) (1) Promote use of local foods in and by the community, including food production at home and in thecommunity.46.) (UMDCE) (2) Improve access to safe, healthy, affordable food.47.) (UMDCE) (3) Identify, facilitate, encourage and promote adoption of policies and initiatives that result in increasedlocal food consumption and access to safe, healthy affordable food.48.) (CCPTP) (short) (1) Work to coordinate food distribution and create more opportunity for others to engage in thiswork, thus increasing outreach to those in need.49.) (CCPTP) (long) (2) Establish an infrastructure that has barriers between food distribution organizations are removed,achieving a unified effort to the hunger problem.50.) CCPTP (long) (3) To establish a holistic approach to serving the hungry, unemployed, for those without access tomedical and dental resources, and those in need of help in getting through the day.51.) (CCDED) (1) Support and encourage collaboration among farmers52.) (CCDED) (2) expand and create food distribution opportunities, food processing centers53.) (CCDED) (3) assist farmers with business development through mentoring, classes, etc.54.) (CCDED) (4) increase the number of regional farmers by encouraging agricultural careers55.) (EHCC) (1) Delineating regional roles to ensure coverage and prevent duplicative overlap.56.) (EHCC) (2) Sharing best practices and discerning who they transfer into each others areas of expertize.57.) (EHCC) (3) Fostering a feeling of cooperation and synergy.58.) (AF)(1) Serving to support policies that encourage farmers to continue farming in our region59.) (AF) (2) Gain access to land and markets in our region, to provide an environment that new and beginning anddiverse farming populations have access to land60.) (AF) (3) That regulations and policy are favorable to small and medium sized farming operations, and family farmersare protected.61.) (AF) (4) Creating systems that connect locally grown foods with local markets, direct, wholesale (this includes creatingsustainable local markets in areas and communities that for one reason or another have limited access to fresh,healthy, local produce because of financial/geographical limitations).62.) (AF) (5) Developing a USDA certified processing facility accessible to Southern Maryland Farmers.63.) (AF) (6) Encouraging policies which build relationships with our institutions, both private and public, includingschools, hospitals, etc., to source local sustainably grown foods.64.) (SMADC) (1) Ensure access, availability and affordability of fresh, local foods to underserved populations, whileassuring that farmers receive a fair and economically sustainable profit.65.) (SMADC) (2) Educate the public (adults, children, elderly) and elected officials about the benefits of nutritious food,healthy lifestyles while emphasizing the connection with fresh, local food as much as possible.66.) (SMADC) (3) Galvanize financial, political and public support for healthy lifestyles (food and health issues) inSouthern Maryland.67.) (SMADC) (4) Inform policy-making to address the food, poverty and health issues as they arise.68.) (SMADC) (5) Create a network of interested and informed organizations, including schools, health organizations, andall others addressing the nutritional and land use needs for underserved populations.AF – Accokeek Foundation – Molly MeehanCCCFP – Calvert Churches Community Food Pantry , Gus and Jean WolfCCDSS – Charles County Department of Social Services, Juan Manuel Thompson
33CCDED – Calvert County Department of Economic Development, Kelly Robertson Slagle & Jane AshworthCCPTP – Christ Church Port Tobacco Parish, Eric ShoemakerCoA– Circle of Angels, Roseanna Vogt witEHCC- End Hunger Calvert County, Robert P. HahnLB – Living Branches, Rose Ann HaftSF – Serenity Farms, Franklin RobinsonSHF – Spider Hill Farm, David and Susan CoxSMADC – Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Center - Christine Bergmark and Susan McquilkinSMH&SMCOC – St. Mary‘s Hospital& St. Mary‘s Obesity Coalition, Jacklyn Shaw & Lori WerrellSMC – St. Mary‘s Caring, DanaMcGaritySMCE – St. Mary‘s Cooperative Extension, Jane Frances KostenkoSMFB – Southern Maryland Food Bank, Brenda D‘CarloSMRCDC – Southern Maryland Resource Conservation & Development Council, Michael PellegrinoSMRHDON - Southern Maryland Rural Health Disparities and Obesity Network, Nina VoehlUMD CE – University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, Liat Mackey
34List of Programs In Place to End Hunger, By Program (not exclusive)CookbookSMADCPortland-Multnomah Food Policy CouncilLiving BranchesEco-Friendly, SustainableOakland Food Policy CouncilExtended Season ProgramsPortland-Multnomah Food Policy CouncilFarm To School (or similar)OklahomaPortland-Multnomah Food Policy CouncilThomas Stone High SchoolFarmer‘s MarketsArizonaMarylandPortland-Multnomah Food Policy CouncilFood AccessPortland-Multnomah Food Policy CouncilGovernancePortland-Multnomah Food Policy CouncilImmigrant Farmer ProgramsMinnesota Food NetworkPortland-Multnomah Food Policy CouncilLand UseMinnesotaPortland-Multnomah Food Policy CouncilLocal Food Grocery StoreArizonaNew Farmer ProgramsMinnesotaNewslettersTorontoPublic Health & Nutrition PolicyPortland-Multnomah Food Policy CouncilUrban AgriculturePortland-Multnomah Food Policy CouncilWritten ReportsPortland-Multnomah Food Policy CouncilToronto Food Policy
35National Programs To End Hunger and Food SystemsUSDACommodity Food NetworkEconomic Research Service www.ers.usda.govFood and Nutrition Services www.fns.usda.gov/fns/Programs:- SNAP- WIC–Farmer‘s Market Nutrition–Senior Farmer‘s Market Nutrition- School Meals–Fresh Fruit and Vegetable–School Breakfast and Lunch Programs–Special Milk–Team Nutrition- Summer Food Service Program- Child and Adult Care Food Program- Food Assistance and Disaster Relief- Food Distribution–School/Child Nutrition Commodity Programs–Food Distribution on Indian Reservations–Commodity Supplemental Food ProgramChange the WorldWeb: www.changetheworld.orgCommunity Food Security CoalitionWeb: http://foodsecurity.org/Programs- Farm to College- Farm to School- Federal Policy- Grantshttp://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/community_food.html (Due November)- Training and Technical AssistanceUSDA Community Food Projects grantapplication assistanceProgram EvaluationCommunities Putting Prevention to WorkFood Policy CouncilsHealthy Corner Stores Networkhttp://www.healthycornerstores.org/http://www.healthycornerstores.org/Community Food AssessmentResource ListConferencesEnd Hunger Networkhttp://www.endhunger.com/Farmers Ending Hunger (Oregon)http://www.farmersendinghunger.com/Programs- Adopt an Acre- Transportation from Farms- Processing, Canning and Harvesting- Dish distribution- List Farmers on WebsiteFunding:- Adopt an Acre- Cash donations- Fresh food donations- Fundraising- Legacy and Planned Giving- Volunteers- Farmers and Ranchers- Processors- Grants from:- Oregon Food Bank- Oregon Community Foundation- Providence Health and Services- The Collins Foundation- Spirit Mountain Community Fund- The Walmart Foundation- The Lamb Foundation- Kraft FoodsFeeding AmericaWeb: http://feedingamerica.org/Programs:–Child Hunger (Kids Café - for after school eating,Backpack Program – sending food home with kidsafterschool , Summer food, School Pantry Program, ChildHunger Corps)–Network Programs (food assistance for ending hungerand emergencies)•Mobile pantry•SNAP outreach•National Produce – Partnership with Farms andIndustry, Value added processing, Disaster relief (energyand financially efficient to help save funding), CommoditySupplemental Food Program (low-income pregnant andbreast feeding women – Not in Maryland, however)–Public Assistance Programs (most are listed above)–Advocacy and Public PolicyFood Recovery NetworkWeb: www.FoodRecoveryNetwork.orgPrograms:
36- Pick up food from on-campus vendors to distribute tofood banksFood Trust: Fresh Food Financing InitiativePhone: 215-575-0444One Penn CenterSuite 9001617 John F. Kennedy Blvd.Philadelphia, PA 19103E-mail: email@example.comWeb: http://www.thefoodtrust.org/Programs:- Retail space or Retail/Residential space- Grant Programs: Pre-development, Land assembly, Softcosts, Construction- The Food Trust- Nutrition Education- Farm-To-School- Kindergarten Initiative- School Food and Beverage Reform- School Market Program- Community Nutrition Coalition- Healthy Corner Store- Farmer‘s Market- Green GroceryGrassroots.orghttp://www.grassroots.org/Make Change TrustWeb: Long Link HereNo Kid HungryWeb: http://nokidhungry.org/Partners:- ConAgra Foods Foundation- Walmart- Food Network- Land of Nod- Jimmy Dean- OpenTable- The Capital Grille- USA Today- Sodexo Foundation- Weight Watchers- Hickory Farms- Corner Bakery- Chicago Metallic- Tastefully Simple- Williams Sonoma- Joe‘s Crab Shack- Groupon- C & S Wholesale Grocers- Birds Eye- CGI- Domino Sugar- C&H- Family Circle- Whole Foods- Ocean Spray- American Express- Sysco- Tork- Duncan Hines- Hillshire Farm- Arby‘sOrganic Consumers AssociationWeb: http://www.organicconsumers.org/Programs:- Organic Farm Conversion Programs- Universal Healthcare- Fair trade and economic justiceSlow Foods USAWeb: http://www.slowfoodusa.org/Programs:- Campaigns- Regional Biodiversity- Children and Food- US Ark of Taste- Slow Food on Campus- US Terra Madre Network- US Presidia- A thousand gardens in AfricaSodexoFoundationsWeb: http://www.sodexofoundation.org/Programs- Feeding Our Future® (Summer Program)- STOP Hunger Scholarships (For students who fighthunger)- Heroes of Everyday Life® (Donations made in honor ofHeroes)- SodexoServathon (Volunteer, donations, organization)- Food Donations- The Campus Kitchens Project SM (with DC CentralKitchen - enable college students to volunteer, lead,develop, and serve in a setting that makes a difference inthe fight against hunger)- Backpack Food Program (backpacks provided withnutritious, easy to prepare, non-perishable food)-ScholarshipsPartners:Share Our StrengthYouth Service AmericaFeeding AmericaFeeding Our FutureBackpack Food Program
37State Food Policy Councils and Ending Hunger ProgramsData was compiled from http://www.statefoodpolicy.org/ and from various internet searches and webpages.AlabamaL: Greater Birmingham Community Food PartnersContact: Elise Munoz, Program Coordinator for GreaterBirmingham Community Food PartnersEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: (205) 229-7871Secondary Contact: Paulette Van Matre, ExecutiveDirector of Magic City HarvestP.O. Box 11292, Birmingham, AL 35202Phone: (205) 591-3663Web: www.gbcfp.orgGovernance: IndependentAlaskaS: Alaska Food Policy CouncilContact: Diane PeckEmail: email@example.comGovernance: Independent (statewide group of 81 non-profit, faith-based and state agencies funded by the state)ArizonaArizona Food Policy CouncilPrograms:- Local Food Grocery Store- Farmer‘s Market- Farm-to-school (only a few) organizationSponsorsAssociation of Arizona Food BanksArizona Community FoundationArizona Pediatric Clinics, PLLCArizona Public ServiceArizona Small Business AssociationBank of America FoundationCitizens Insurance AgencyDowntown Voices CoalitionEdible Phoenix / Nibble and ScribbleFarm to Table, Santa Fe, New MexicoJewish Family and Childrens Service, TucsonLife Challenge, Inc.LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation)MAZON: A Jewish Response to HungerOne :Deux InternationalSafeway FoundationSt. Lukes Health InitiativesState Employment Charitable CampaignWhole Foods MarketWallace Genetic FoundationWashington Mutual BankWells Fargo BankWestern Growers AssociationIndividual DonorsFirst Food Bankhttp://www.firstfoodbank.org/ArkansasS: Arkansas Food Policy CouncilContact: Sylvia Blain, Arkansas Local Foods InitiativePhone: (501) 765-2469Web:https://sites.google.com/site/arkansasfoodpolicycouncilCaliforniaL: Berkeley Food Policy CouncilContact: Martin Bourque, Ecology CenterEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: (510) 548-2220 x 234http://www.berkeleyfood.org/Food Policy CouncilPrograms- Information on Organic Farming- Healthy weight and nutrition- BlogGovernance: Convened by the Ecology Center this is acommunity based coalition of food systems projects, youthdevelopment organizations, health service providers, andand others working to reduce diet related illnesses inBerkeleys low income and communities by increasingconsumption of fresh local healhtful foods. We do thisthrough information sharing, programatic collaboration,and policy advocacy.L: Contra Costa Food and Nutrition Policy ConsortiumContact: Lindsay JohnsonEmail: email@example.comWeb: www.foodbankccs.org
38Governance: IndependentWe currently operate (and have for about 10 years)without funding or association with any governmentaljurisdiction. Representatives from the county public healthdepartment (including WIC) and the county humanservices department (food stamps, EBT, Head Start)attend, as do representatives from community basedorganizations and school districts receiving fundingthrough USDA. Prior to this time there was a period whenthe FNPC had paid staff from the County Health ServicesCommunity Wellness and Prevention Program.C: Fresno County Food System AllianceContact: Miriam Volat, Ag Innovations NetworkEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: (707) 823-6111Web: http://foodsystemalliance.orgGovernance: Independent with representatives frompublic health, agricultural commissioner, CSU, private,non-profit, and government groups. In formation as of9/2010.R: Healthy Food Access & Farmers Markets Committee(Monterey)Contact: Christine MossEmail: email@example.comPhone: (831) 796-2894Contact: Deborah YasharEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: (831) 758-1469Governance: CoalitionOn the Central Coast of California, a group known as theNutrition & Fitness Collaborative of the Central Coastwith a food policy council subcommittee known as theHealthy Food Access & Farmers Markets Committeemeets on a regular basis and works on food policyinitiativesC: Humboldt Food Policy Council Task ForceContact: Danielle Stubblefield, Community Food SystemsAnalyst for the California Center for Rural Policy atHumboldt State UniversityEmail: Danielle.Stubblefield@humboldt.eduGovernance: IndependentL: Los Angeles Food Policy Task ForceContact: AlexaDelwiche, Food Policy CoordinatorEmail: email@example.comPhone: (323) 341-5096Web: departments.oxy.edu/uepi/cfj/lafjn.htmGovernance: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa led theformation of a food policy task force for the City of LosAngelesL: Oakland Food Policy CouncilContact: Food First398 60th Street, Oakland, CA 94618Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 510-654-4400Programs:Web: www.oaklandfood.orgPolicy recommendations–Urban agriculture–Best practices–Workshops–Farm Bill organizing–Accessible and affordable farmer‘s markets–Food assistant programs at farmer‘s markets–Environmentally preferred purchasing protocols–Expand composting and food scrap cycling–Fresh food financingGovernance: Oakland City Council Life EnrichmentCommittee passed a resolution to allocate start-up fundingfor the establishment of an Oakland Food Policy CouncilC: Plumas County Community Food Council (Quincy)Contact: Elizabeth PowellEmail: email@example.comPhone: (530) 283-3611 x839Governance: IndependentC: Food Matters in Sonoma Countyc/o Northern California Center for Well-Being365 B Tesconi CircleSanta Rosa, CA 95401E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: (707) 575-6043Website: http://www.food-matters.org/Programs- Farm – To – School–Local and fresh in cafeterias–Promote nutrition awareness- Foster direct buying relationships between businessesand farms- Forums- Produce Shows- Farmer‘s MarketsGovernance: A group of county individuals broughttogether to get better food policy.L: San Francisco Food Systems Council