To get where we're going, we have to have a plan. One that is clear, focused and engaging. To that end, we've summarized our goals into one overarching outcome:
Improved Access to healthy foods.
Everything we do will be related to ensuring there increased access in our community. We've established 4 teams to oversee the following activities that we believe will get us to the goal. Each team is led by at least one board member and made up of community volunteers in a variety of Working Groups.
The Awareness team keeps the public informed about the Food Policy Council and the issues our community faces. We are responsible for communications and educational programs on food systems and nutrtion.
Currently, our local food system does not provide Tarrant County residents with adequate access to healthy foods. Healthy, affordable, sustainable foods should be accessible wherever people live, work, learn, and play.
We believe that good food should be as convenient as fast food. To accomplish our goals
This team is a collection of working groups focused on supporting small food business, from growers to retailers. Once policies are adopted, this group will provide support and programs to aid in successful implementation.
Putting policy recommendations and community research before policy makers at the city and county level is what this team is all about. Currently that includes work on the grocery store incentive policy.
This team oversees work on community food assessment as a means for understanding local food systems and to facilitate decision-making about programs and policies that affect community food security in Tarrant County. Currently, we are working with interns and volunteers to collect baseline data through 2015.
we've partnered with the Blue Zones Project to bring together people with interest and expertise in our initiatives to promote policies and programs that will establish more mobile markets and produce carts, create an incentive for grocers to locate stores in under served areas, and help convenience stores put more healthy products on their shelves. We're working with local school districts on pricing policies that promote healthy choices, create ordinances to support community gardens and urban agriculture, and develop a local food hub that will help supply local restaurants, schools, and other organizations source fresh produce from local farmers. This is an exciting time to be a part of the food system and we hope you'll join us in these efforts.