Our policy advocacy work has two objectives:
1) to foster local, state, and federal policies that help community and regional food systems safely and affordably increase all residents’ access to fresh, healthy food and
2) to increase awareness of how food policy is made and how to influence it.
The policy advocacy component of the project has begun with an exploration of the constraints to developing community and regional food systems as experienced by community-based organizations, food policy councils, urban farmers, residents in food insecure neighborhoods and others in the project’s seven partner cities. Building on insights gained from interviews, site visits, and listening sessions, researchers will coordinate with community partners to carry out a combination of the following activities:
- conceptualize and discuss a range of potential policy remedies to systemic constraints with policy makers and advocates active at the local, state, and federal levels;
- develop recommendations for local, state, and federal policy development to address systemic constraints;
- conduct outreach and consultation with local and state leaders in sites within the project’s scope regarding these policy recommendations, with special attention to the local level;
- conduct outreach and consultation with federal policy advocates regarding federal policy recommendations;
- lead workshops and webinars to increase knowledge of and involvement in food-related policy at the local, state and federal levels for staff of community based organizations, community residents, and others.