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Mission

The Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) is a collaborative network of 35 Los Angeles regional food system leaders, working to make Southern California a Good Food region for everyone- where food is healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable. Through policy creation, new cooperative relationships, and systemic change, its goals are to reduce hunger, improve public health, increase equity in our communities, create good jobs, stimulate local economic activity, and foster environmental stewardship.

Background

In September 2009, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the creation of the Los Angeles Food Policy Task Force at the 30th Anniversary Celebration for the first farmers’ market in Los Angeles County. The Task Force convened in November 2009 and was charged with developing a Good Food policy agenda for Los Angeles – food that is healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable. The Task Force met with over 200 people, conducted roundtables and listening sessions, and developed a Good Food for All Agenda with 55 specific action steps around six priority action areas, with a recommendation to establish a Food Policy Council to help advance the agenda. In July 2010, the Los Angeles Food Policy Task Force presented the “Good Food for All Agenda” to Mayor Villaraigosa.

The LAFPC began in January 2011, created by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The primary objective of the LAFPC is to catalyze implementation of the six priority action areas identified in the “Good Food for All Agenda”.

LAFPC has established seven working groups to bring together the wide range of stakeholders necessary to turn recommendations into action. Working Groups convened for the first time in February 2011. Over 170 key partners, representing nearly 110 organizations from across the Los Angeles regional food system, participate in working groups, which are developing action plans to advance the 21 priority action steps identified in the “Good Food For All Agenda”. While strategies, approaches, and action plans vary by working group, building an equitable and sustainable food system for all Angelenos is the guiding principle of each working group. Working groups are organized around the following issue areas:

1.     Economic Development

2.     Street Food

3.     Food Procurement/School Food

4.     Food Security and Nutrition

5.     Good Food Retail

6.     Urban Agriculture

7.     Education and Outreach


Los Angeles Food Policy Task Force Members were:

Martin Anenberg Locally Grown Produce Specialist, FreshPoint of Southern California
Andrea Azuma Project Manager, Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente
Glen Dake Landscape Architect, LA Community Garden Council
Paula Daniels Commissioner, City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works
Gwendolyn Flynn Project Director, Community Health Councils
Jonathan Gold Food Critic, LA Weekly
Robert Gottlieb Executive Director, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College
Renee Guilbault Director of Food and Beverage, Le Pain Quotidien and West Central Produce
Karly Katona Deputy, Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Gregg Kettles Deputy Counsel, Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Mary Lee Associate Director, PolicyLink
Miguel Luna Executive Director, Urban Semillas
Elliott Petty Director, Healthy Grocery Stores Project, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Bruce Saito Executive Director, Los Angeles Conservation Corps
Matthew Sharp Senior Advocate, California Food Policy Advocates
Jean Tremaine Director, Nutrition Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Michael Woo Dean, College of Environmental Design, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Alex Weiser Farmer, Weiser Family Farms
Larry Yee Advisor Emeritus, University of California Cooperative Extension, Ventura County and Roots of Change Stewardship Council
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