Plan for action

This is an exciting time to be doing food work in Oakland. We have a vibrant community of small organizations, collaboratives, and individuals working for food justice. New restaurants and food businesses are springing up in many parts of the city. We have studied our food system carefully, and can refer to many excellent reports to understand how the system functions. Local policymakers are interested and engaged in the work of food system transformation. At the same time, Oakland struggles with profound health disparities, high rates of obesity, poverty, food insecurity, and even hunger.

The central aim of Food Policy Councils is to identify and propose innovative solutions to improve local or state food systems, spurring local economic development and making food systems more environmentally sustainable and socially just.

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Our publication, Transforming the Oakland Food System: A Plan for Action provides our strategic approach to our work. Download the full report here!

 

 

 

THE FIRST STEPS

PROTECT AND EXPAND URBAN AGRICULTURE urban_ag
Create zoning definitions and operating standards for both civic and commercial urban agriculture. Learn more…

 

 

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ENCOURAGE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE FARMERS’ MARKETS.

Advocate for the development of zoning regulations to protect and expand farmers’ markets. Learn more…

 

snapPROMOTE USE OF FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AT FARMERS’ MARKETS.
Promote use and acceptance of food assistance program benefits at farmers’ markets. Learn more…

 

 

epppDEVELOP “ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERABLE PURCHASING PROTOCOLS.”
Partner with the City of Oakland to develop and implement new RFP standards and language prioritizing and outlining “Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Protocols” (EPP) and nutrition standards for all City contracts, phased in over five years. Learn more…
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 EXPAND COMPOSTING AND FOOD SCRAP RECYCLING.
Develop a City-wide waste management contract that expands composting and food scrap recycling. Learn more…

 

 

financingDEVELOP A “FRESH FOOD FINANCING INITIATIVE”.
Develop a “Fresh Food Financing Initiative” (FFFI) that will provide financing, technical assistance, and location assistance to new food enterprises in underserved communities. Learn more…

 

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ENCOURAGE HEALTHY MOBILE VENDING.
Expand mobile vending regulations to include additional areas of Oakland and encourage fresh food vending. Learn more…

 

 

NoGMOSYNTHETIC PESTICIDE- AND GMO-PRODUCTION FREE ZONES.
Build upon the GMO-ban successes of Marin, Trinity, and Mendocino Counties to inform Alameda County-wide policies on pesticide and GMO-free zones. Learning more…

 

scale_upSCALE UP LOCAL PURCHASING.
Scale up purchasing from local producers, and formalize the collaborations between and aggregation of small farmers. Learn more….

 

 

govt_linksSTRENGTHEN COMMUNITY-GOVERNMENT LINKS.
Build relationships between residents, community leaders, and key government representatives. Learn more…