The closest you may get to being Michelle Obama…


Mathematically speaking if A has property X and Property X is in group Y, then A is in group Y. So, Oakland Food Policy Council member, Navina Khanna, is a recent James Beard Foundation Award recipient; and past James Beard Foundation Award recipients include First Lady Michelle Obama, then OFPC members now hold the variable properties of First Lady Michelle Obama…which is super similar to Michelle Obama being like a member of OFPC… right?

Join OFPC and find out. Application deadline, August 4th, 2014.



Some current and previous James Beard Foundation Leadership Award Recipients shown above: Alice Waters, Michelle Obama, Wendell Berry, Marion Nestle, Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, Ben Burkett and Navina Khanna (from Top Left to Right).

In the words of the James Beard Foundation President in a recent New York Times article, “We’re known for awarding the Oscars of the food world.” So, if you’re ready for the red carpet, join us!

OFPC Member Receives James Beard Award


A bighearted congratulations to Oakland Food Policy Council Member Navina Khanna, recipient of this year’s James Beard Foundation Leadership Award! These awards recognize visionaries across a broad range of backgrounds who influence how, why, and what we eat.

A Fellow with the Movement Strategy Center, Navina has been recognized for her work as a food justice activist organizing across communities for equitable and ecological food systems on local, regional, and national levels.

She is joined by award recipients Karen Washington, Ben Burkett, Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman. Past recipients of the James Beard Award include First Lady Michelle Obama, Marion Nestle and Alice Waters.

Big love to Navina for this huge honor! Thanks for your righteous work here in Oakland, and across the nation.

All Hands on Deck!


OFPC is currently seeking new members! If you are interested in food justice and transforming Oakland’s food system into one that is equitable and sustainable, we need you.

We are seeking members who have a strong background in community organizing and are ready to apply bold, innovative strategies for rethinking Oakland’s food system. Join us in the effort to preserve our communities, and build power and health! To find out more about serving on the OFPC and apply online (youth apps here)!

Seats open include General Member (3-year term); Community Representative (1 year term); Youth Member (1 year term; ages 18-24 yrs).

OFPC was founded in 2009 to establish an equitable and sustainable food system. We are a council of 21 voluntary members.

Contact Council Director Esperanza Pallana for more info:

Also, check out a recent article published in the East Bay Express about our work for the right to grow food in Oakland. You can also listen to more on urban agriculture and & food  policy on The Eastern Shore. You’ll be hearing more from us on growing food in Oakland!