Local and National Leadership in Food Policy
We are serving as Good Food Advocates with the Union for Concerned Scientists to develop a national platform on food policy platform. We had the honor of participating in a meeting at the White House with Debra Eschmeyer, Executive Director of Let’s Move and Katharine Ferguson, Senior White House Policy Advisor to discuss local and regional food policy for an equitable food system. We are also working in partnership with the Food Chain Workers Alliance, Los Angeles Food Policy Council and Oakland Unified School District as Good Food Purchasing Policy(GFPP) advocates across the nation to support adoption and implementation of GFPP. We also serve on the California Food Policy Council. Lastly, we’ve spoken at numerous venues locally and nationally forming relationships with collaborators, students and the general public.
The Wine Soul Train: We created and launch a tour of Black and Latino vineyards challenging racial equity in the food system. We garnered much media attention, gained national recognition, and won a high profile 2015 Taste Award for this event.
Cultivating Resistance Urban Agriculture Toolkit: Following the success of our Right to Grow campaign we partnered with City Slicker Farms to create a toolkit to support local communities growing food together to build health and economic empowerment.
Healthy Food Definition: We provided a definition for Healthy Food to the City of Oakland’s planning department to help inform incentives for healthy food programs.
Good Food Business Criteria: Based on our values of Valued Labor Force, Local Economy, Health Equity and Environmental Sustainability, our Economic Security & Development Workgroup developed criteria to assist food businesses to be equitable and sustainable.
Decolonize Your Diet: We developed and hosted a strongly attended (~270) signature event to support changing the narrative of food culture as a crucial step to changing the practices and policies that drive a broken food system and to build upon cultural resources to inform our systems and policies.
All In Alameda County We provided leadership in the design process for the All In campaign. As a result we were invited as co-presenter outreaching to funders. We then served on the resulting community engagement committee. Our director was then elected to be on the campaign’s steering committee with Supervisor Chan and will serve as a liaison to the network of community leaders through the community engagement process.
Partnership with Oakland Unified School District: We are partnered with OUSD to support Good Food Purchasing Policy. We are assisting in the development of a pilot Healthy Mobile Food Vending Program. We supported the approval of the central kitchen, urban farm, and education center project by speaking with the Mayor’s Office and presenting to the School Board.
Priority Conservation Area for Food Security: We organized a successful community collaboration to create a GIS map of areas with high concentration of food insecurity, which was proposed and adopted by Oakland City Council this year. The city also adopted our recommendations for an equity checklist to guide PCA funding approval and the request to form a community advisory committee to ensure projects funded in designated PCAs support ensure equitable planning and development. We presented our work and map at the 2015 American Planners Association conference hosted in Oakland, CA and were well received.
Food Warrior Challenge: We launched an exciting new annual fitness challenge in partnership with HOPE Collaborative and Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm. This event highlighted the collaborative nature of our work and provided a playful and health centered platform to engage in food justice work and fundraise.
Mobile Food Vending: We provided a report on healthy mobile food vending programs and recommendations for a permanent mobile food vending program to the Planning Department of the City of Oakland. This report was incorporated into a report to the Community Economic Development Committee of City Council.
- “Right to Grow” Campaign Victory!
Landmark win resulting in the City of Oakland adopting OFPC community-based land use policy recommendations to ensure that the growing and selling of food is a basic human right throughout the city
- Cultivating Political Leadership in Food Policy
Relationships established with community leaders, elected officials, and partner organizations, who join us in ongoing advocacy for food policy issues
- Publication of the Hustle Guide: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Mobile or Cottage Food Business
A resource toolkit to help make the “hustle” a little bit easier because we believe that a thriving Oakland is rich with businesses that are run by and for Oakland residents
- Launching the Food Justice Curriculum
An educational resource breaking down the players in the food system, created with the HOPE Collaborative and available to all as a free tool
- Shifting the Conversation About Food Systems
Hosted several forums and workshops to frame the discussion including, “Setting Firm Roots,” “Re-Thinking The System,” and “Love & The Hustle;” and participated in collaborative events such as movie screenings, candidate forums, and a national movement building workshop
- Partnership with District 3 City Councilmember McElhaney for a resolution to increase enrollment in food assistance programs
- For more on our accomplishments, see our news page!
- “Right to Grow” Campaign Victory!
- Presents at Childhood Obesity Conference 2013 on Food Policy Councils Moving Communities Toward Better Health.
- Launches first edutainment based full council meeting to engage public attendees in participatory food policy 101.
- Builds relationship with Department of Human Services to continue work on shifting procurement practices to local, sustainable, environmentally responsible.
- Council Director provides keynote presentation at University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA.
- Holds first strategic retreat and identifies priority policy areas: Economic Security & Development; Food Access; Local & Sustainable Food Sourcing; Urban Agriculture
- Begins service on Alameda County Public Health Department’s chronic disease prevention planning committee.
- HOPE Collaborative pilots Food Justice Curriculum developed by OFPC staff & interns
- Council Director presents Oakland food policy with partner Acta Non Verba Youth Farms at Terra Madre, Turin, Italy
- Holds mobile food vending workshop on permits and policy barriers
- Begins negotiations for umbrella permit fees on behalf of the Edible Parks Task Force
- New seats are added to OFPC for Community Representatives.
- Enters partnership with 25th Street Collective to develop a Rental Cart and Entrepreneurship program that enables shared resources and business support to “micro-scale” business.
- Works with Planning Department to create and implement an evaluation of the Mobile Food Group Pod events to inform broader policy for expanded regions of operation.
- Continues to serve as a lead agency in organizing the urban agriculture community around policy issues affecting land access and use.
- Partners with key organizer, Shelly Garza, and City adopts an ordinance for a 1-year pilot project that allows for mobile food truck events in Council Districts 1-4 (prior to this change, mobile food vending was prohibited in outside of Council District 5).
- Oakland City Council adopts an OFPC recommended amendment to the home occupation permit rules that now enables residents with a home occupation permit to grow and sell raw agricultural goods on site.
- Joins development committees to launch a California State Food Policy Council.
- Provides community outreach support and serves as advisors as the City develops a new package of urban agriculture zoning laws that will support a broad range of urban agriculture activities.
- Works with advocates to generate a presence of over 300 people at a planning meeting on urban agriculture.
- Develops and implements local and healthy food purchasing protocols for the Brown Bag Program of the Oakland Human Services Department. The first-of its kind for the City, this pilot program provides for bid preferences from produce distributers that can meet local and healthy criteria. We hope to learn from this pilot and expand this concept to other areas of City food purchasing.
- Informs and supports the adoption of a zoning update to enable the growing of food in all city zone.
- Coordinates development of a survey on resident preferences regarding grocery stores in East Oakland, to be administered within the next 1-2 months.
- Presents Plan for Action to the Oakland City Council Life Enrichment Committee.
- Communications plan for OFPC drafted.
- Translates Plan for Action executive summary into Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Korean.
- Publishes Transforming the Oakland Food System: A Plan for Action.
- Participates at Oakland Museum of California “O Zone” event.
- Welcomes new members, chooses new chairs, and brainstorms ways to implement Plan for Action.
- Hold first fundraiser/”friendraiser” held at Pizzaiolo, featuring speakers Anna Lappé and Jason Harvey; event attended by over 160 people.
- Releases first draft of Policy & Agency Scan.
- Holds mixer with OFPC members and city/county staff and officials.
- Publishes Food First report Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned.
- Holds first OFPC meeting