What are Food Councils

Our Food System Coalition is commonly known as a Food Council, but we think of ourselves more broadly because we do more than recommend and advocate for policy. Also, we are a coalition of partners working together to improve our food system. 

What do Food Councils do?

The work of food councils looks different in every community. In general, food councils:

  • engage experts to better understand the food environment

  • connect decision-makers and stakeholders to align programs and initiatives

  • educate leaders and the community

  • recommend program and policy change to affect the local food system


Source: https://communityfoodstrategies.com/foodcouncil/



In addition, our Coalition: 


  • identifies gaps in the system and works  with members and communities to fill those gaps

  • provides technical assistance to food system stakeholders to strengthen our local food system and provide greater access to healthy food