Food Policy Council Kicks Off TodayBy
Today marks the initial convening of the Asheville/Buncombe Food Policy Council. Over the last several months, a working group has met with scores of individuals and organizations across Buncombe County to better understand the issue of food insecurity in our community. You can see the white paper that came out of those conversations by clicking here.
The A/B FPC will approach food security from the perspectives of poverty, public health, local commerce, and sustainability. We will look at production, distribution, and education. The primary goal is to create a comprehensive policy agenda that can be implemented at the municipal and county level while dovetailing with regional efforts. The A/B FPC will also be the catalyst for new partnerships across sectors between non-profit, for-profit, and governmental entities.
Some of the folks who will be participating are MANNA, ASAP, Mission, UNC-Asheville, Bountiful Cities Project, Housing Authority, Asheville Independent Restaurants, City of Asheville, The Lord’s Acre, Buncombe County, Children First/Communities in Schools, WNC Green Builders, YMCA, Mountain Housing Opportunities, YWCA, Green Opportunities, French Broad Food Co-Op, Ingles Markets, Asheville City Schools Foundation, Just Economics, ABCCM, Homeward Bound, Land of Sky, Council on Aging, Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, NC Cooperative Extension, Transition Asheville, and more. You’re invited, too. The Facebook event page with the details is here.
I’m grateful to all the partners who are coming together to tackle this fundamental need in our community, and I’m hopeful that our community will get behind the solutions.