The Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC) facilitates the development of responsible policies that improve access for Philadelphia residents to culturally appropriate, nutritionally sound, and affordable food that is grown locally through environmentally sustainable practices.
- Inclusion – FPAC recognizes the benefits of inclusion and diversity are defined by, but not limited to: age, socioeconomic status, gender, abilities, race/ethnicity, culture (including language), areas of residence, interests, and expertise, education, skills and perspective, participation in the food system, and various levels of access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food .
- Transparency and Access – FPAC will provide opportunities to: see in to and understand the process, engage, report back, and foster opportunities for meaningful participation regarding goals and evaluation. FPAC will provide opportunities for different people to find multiple ways into the process through collaboration and engagement. FPAC will foster openness between members about what we represent, what we know about, sharing outcome/data, and sharing solutions.
- Shared leadership – FPAC believes that all members have the ability to lead the group in some manner. We commit to promoting leadership among members. We believe that all members bring expertise, knowledge, passion, and diversity.
- Integrity and Shared Accountability – FPAC is committed to putting the goals and mission of the FPAC ahead of our self-interest. We are committed to a productive process in which every critique is accompanied by a suggestion/adding value. Each member is accountable for meeting the goals and mission of the council, sharing resources available, and communicating about those resources. Each member is responsible for bringing the work of the Council out to the community and doing what we say we are going to do.
- Trust – FPAC members commit to communicate in open and honest ways, both internally and externally, in terms of intent and impact. FPAC members commit to build relationships and communicate. FPAC members commit to listen with the intent to understand but not judge (active listening).
- Clarity in Decision-Making – FPAC members will conscientiously work within a decision-making process that is clear and is constantly improved.
- Flexibility – We commit to be open to changes and invite innovation. The work of the FPAC is dynamic. The FPAC strives to improve, achieve, and keep moving.
- Effectiveness- We are committed to being effective and open to internal/external evaluation.
Through Greenworks Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Food Charter, the City of Philadelphia set targets to create more equitable access to healthy food in neighborhoods, improve the environment and public health, and stimulate the economy by increasing access to local, fresh, and healthy food. To help guide the City’s work on food system planning, Mayor Michael Nutter asked the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS) to convene the Food Policy Advisory Council. The Mayor appointed the inaugural members of the council in January 2011. MOS administratively houses FPAC by managing staff, fundraising, and securing resources.
FPAC is made up of mayoral appointed members, ex-officio members, two co-chairs, and two staff members.