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The Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council connects Philadelphians and our local government to create a more just food system—where all people have the power to access, own and control our food, land and labor.

 Join us! All FPAC subcommittee meetings, general meetings, and executive sessions are open to the public unless otherwise noted.

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Are you interested in serving on FPAC as an appointed member? Fill out a nomination form

Next FPAC General Meeting – CLOSED to members

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Time: 3-5pm
Location: Virtual


Growing from the Root – Public Meeting 2 Open NOW through May 15, 2021

With this virtual meeting, translated in English and Spanish, we are asking residents to comment on different policy areas that impact the viability of urban farming in Philadelphia. There are 10 ‘stations’ or opportunities for feedback. Each station focuses on a key topic identified by growers at the start of the engagement process. The virtual format offers residents the opportunity to learn about various aspects of farming in Philadelphia before asking for their input. Topics include (not limited to):

  • History
  • Access to land
  • Resources for community gardens
  • Animal keeping 
  • Farming careers and business development
  • Education and inter-generational learning
  • Cultural practices in growing and gathering
  • Food systems and policy 

Residents can expect to spend between 15 and 30 minutes engaging with each ‘station’. The virtual meeting website will run for at least six weeks, and aims to engage residents and growers across the City. Residents without computer/internet access can take part by calling (215) 645-2145 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Friday or by emailing GrowingFromTheRoot@gmail.com. This call and response format we’ve built into this interactive website will ensure our urban farming policy is rooted in the knowledge and needs of local growers.

FPAC Releases Guide to Fair Labor for Good Food Businesses

The Workforce & Economic Development subcommittee is pleased to announce the publication of the Guide to Fair Labor for Good Food Businesses, a manual the subcommittee created to help employers contribute to building a stronger regional economy and a just food system. The guide contains information about free and low-cost resources that support fair wages and scheduling, improved health and safety, better employee benefits, fostering an open workplace culture, and selecting fair suppliers and subcontractors. We see these measures as a first step toward changing the culture of the food industry and helping more Philadelphians realize their career potential in the food sector. Check it out here!

Hosting an event? The 2018 Good Food Caterer Guide has got you covered!

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In August, the Good Food Procurement subcommittee released the 2018 Good Food Caterer Guide. 16 more caterers were added to the list! See if your favorite caterer made the cut. 

Whether its for a working lunch or community event, use the guide to find some ‘good food’ for your guests! Want to help promote the guide? Share the printable booklet with your friends and officemates.

The Good Food Procurement Subcommittee developed the guide to help consumers find businesses offering food that meets at least two of the four ‘good food’ values: healthy, fair, sustainably-sourced, and locally-owned.

Reach out to fpac@phila.gov to learn more about adding businesses to this list.