FAQ

What is the expected time commitment for OFPC members?

Council members are expected to attend five (7) meetings during a full OFPC year. In addition, council members are expected to join two smaller workgroups,which require some independent work between meetings.

How will the OFPC and allied groups achieve the outcomes called for in the the OFPC mission and goals?

Policy work is just one aspect in the transforming of the Oakland food system. The OFPC has a mandate to work exclusively on policy, but policy can not get far without implementation and evaluation. Given this, the OFPC will partner with key agencies, businesses, organizations and individuals around stakeholder mobilization and program design to ensure success for policy implementation. During the policy advocacy stage, we will need a strong, and vocal movement backing us up. Once policy is passed, we will work with the participating groups to develop a feasible and funded implementation plan, while holding them accountable if the policy is not implemented.

Where will OFPC meet?

Meeting locations will probably vary, though we will always try to select centrally located sites near public transit. Many of our meetings will take place at the Alameda County Public Health Department at 1000 Broadway, 5th floor.

What voting and decision-making processes does OFPC use?

We use a “modified-consensus” decision-making style; you can read more about this in our Terms of Reference. Our meetings are facilitated by OFPC members and the Council Director. Some OFPC members come from backgrounds that make them feel comfortable speaking their minds, while others may need to build their confidence to feel they have an equal voice. OFPC leadership works to ensure all voices have a place at the table.

Who will choose the 21 people to be seated on the council?

Members of the council are selected annually, based on ending terms, by a recruitment committee of OFPC members.

Are there other avenues for involvement and input other than council membership?

Yes! The OFPC plans to solicit input from the community on an ongoing basis (see below). All OFPC meetings are open to the public, and we will need everyone’s support – all community members, businesses, and organizations – to build the momentum needed to transform policy recommendations into enacted (and implemented) policy. “Support” could include speaking at city council meetings, visiting elected officials, writing letters, educating other Oaklanders, and much more. We hope to develop an extensive “Friends of the OFPC” network.

How does OFPC accomplish community outreach and incorporate community input?

To ensure community participation in council activities by representatives from vulnerable communities. OFPC takes the following steps:

  • Meeting structures were changed to maximize public participation in workgroup sessions
  • New council seats where generated specifically for Community Representatives that are selected based on their representation of the Oakland communities most impacted by food insecurity
  • Partnership via HOPE Collaborative and People’s Grocery to offer a next level of engagement for graduates from their leadership institutes.
  • The coordinator and several OFPC members have received intensive anti-oppression training to foster deep partnership across divides of power and privilege
  • “Allyship” formed with justice organizations to ensure community equity is our key focus

In addition, OFPC holds listening sessions on particular policy initiatives to gather community input.

Will OFPC members be compensated for their work?

All members serve on a volunteer basis. We do hope to exploring funding possibilities to offer transportation and child care support for members.