OFPC is a council first, created and dedicated to the intention of all gatherings of the community to problem solve, act and celebrate. Food is our focus and policy is our tool but we are nothing if not a gathering of the community first. That said, in our role as a food policy council, we analyze and report on the Oakland food system from production through consumption and waste management. Perhaps most importantly, we bring together underserved community members, food sector professionals, elected officials and city staff to develop food policy. Our work has always been rooted in community through workshops, listening sessions, and community surveys to ensure our priorities are aligned with what the community needs and wants. From the start we have allied with agencies such as HOPE Collaborative, People’s Grocery, and People United for a Better Life In Oakland (PUEBLO).