Before understanding what we do, it is important to understand what Food Policy Councils (FPC’s) do.
Food Policy Councils bring together a diverse group of stakeholders from the local food system. Food system stakeholders represent a wide range of food and health related activities, from farming and gardening to anti-hunger advocates. These stakeholders collaborate to advocate and develop policy recommendations.
In the past few decades, the number of Food Policy Councils in North America has increased. FPC’s take many forms, including local, regional, statewide, and tribal. With such different representations, FPC’s operate in a variety of ways. For example, some FPC’s focus on advocacy, while others are policy driven.
The Philadelphia FPAC is unique in its role as a Food Policy Council. FPAC was created by Executive Order to help guide the City of Philadelphia’s food system planning by providing policy recommendations for the City. FPAC helps the City of Philadelphia be a more responsible partner in the regional food system through an advisory role.
The direct relationship that FPAC shares with the City of Philadelphia is important because it encourages collaboration between City employees, agencies, and departments, and appointed members, non-profits, community groups, and all other involved stakeholders.
FPAC members and supporters come together for monthly meetings that alternate between general meetings and executive sessions. FPAC’s several subcommittees meet also meet on a monthly basis to delve deeper into individual policy areas. Where appropriate, FPAC members have drafted and approved testimony to present before City Council and other local bodies.