Accomplishments

  • 2014
    • OFPC shifts toward a culture of community representation on the council
    • Urban Agriculture policy moved through Planning Commission in September 2014
    • Our Hustle Guide Published
    • Honored for our work at the presentation to City Council Life Enrichment Committee in September 2014
    • Partnership with District 3 City Councilmember McElhaney for a resolution to increase enrollment in food assistance programs
  • June 2013
    • Presents at Childhood Obesity Conference 2013 on Food Policy Councils Moving Communities Toward Better Health.
  • April 2013
    • Launches first edutainment based full council meeting to engage public attendees in participatory food policy 101.
  • February 2013
    • Builds relationship with Department of Human Services to continue work on shifting procurement practices to local, sustainable, environmentally responsible.
  • January 2013
    • Council Director provides keynote presentation at University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA.
  • December 2012
    • Holds first strategic retreat and identifies priority policy areas: Economic Security & Development; Food Access; Local & Sustainable Food Sourcing; Urban Agriculture
  • October 2012
    • 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
  • August 2012
    • 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.
  • June 2012
    • 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.
  • May 2012
    • 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.
  • December 2011
    • 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).
  • November 2011
    • 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.
  • August 2011
    • 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.
  • July 2011
    • Works with advocates to generate a presence of over 300 people at a planning meeting on urban agriculture.
  • May 2011
    • 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.
  • April 2011
    • Informs and supports the adoption of a zoning update to enable the growing of food in all city zone.
  • February 2011
    • Coordinates development of a survey on resident preferences regarding grocery stores in East Oakland, to be administered within the next 1-2 months.
  • January 2011
    • 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.
  • November 2010
    • Publishes Transforming the Oakland Food System: A Plan for Action.
    • Participates at Oakland Museum of California “O Zone” event.
  • October 2010
    • 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.
  • June 2010
    • Releases first draft of Policy & Agency Scan.
  • October 2009
    • Holds mixer with OFPC members and city/county staff and officials.
    • Publishes Food First report Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned.
  • September 2009
    • Holds first OFPC meeting