Accomplishments

  • 2014
    • “Right to Grow” Campaign Victory!  OFPC Postcard Front
      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!
  • 2013
    • 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.
  • 2012
    • 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.
  • 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).
    • 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.
  • 2010
    • 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.
  • 2009
    • Holds mixer with OFPC members and city/county staff and officials.
    • Publishes Food First report Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned.
    • Holds first OFPC meeting