“I served on OFPC to help [the Oakland legislature] realize that a healthy community is one that contributes most effectively to the historical greatness that Oakland is… and provide resources so that every Oakland family has an opportunity to contribute and thrive… My intention in joining OFPC was to be a part of something that really helped to make needed changes in these areas while sharing my particular expertise and passion about empowered urban farming as a tactic for self reliance.”
- Kanchan Dawn Hunter
“I care about ending hunger in Oakland and building a food system that works for everyone.” – Aaron Lehmer
“I joined the OFPC because of its explicit commitment to supporting just food economies. I grew up as a city kid, and I primarily experienced and understood food injustice from the consumer side. But, when I became an attorney for small, predominantly farmworker-owned farming co-ops, I saw a huge disconnect between the social justice issues facing communities where most of our food is grown and the communities where most of that food is consumed.
The OFPC was one of the only food policy councils in the State focused on creating a solidarity economy with respect to food. Further, Oakland has an amazing grassroots food justice movement, and OFPC’s commitment to supporting community-led efforts was (and probably still is) unique among policy councils. OFPC embraced policy advocacy in a really democratic manner that sought to lift stories from the ground and use those stories to inform the actions it took. I think that “ground-truthed” approach is light-years ahead of the curve.” – Camille Pannu
“I served on the OFPC to ensure that Oakland has a just, equitable, and sustainable local food system. I’m proud of the work of OFPC, especially in the context of the larger California Food Policy Council — we are definitely in a leadership position.” – Y. Armando Nieto