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Welcome Wanda! | OFPC

OFPC would like to extend a warm welcome to Wanda Stewart, the new Executive Director of People’s Grocery. We’ve had the great fortune of working closely with People’s Grocery since the inception of OFPC. We have grown and only become better through their amazing leaders. We encourage you to come out, celebrate and meet Wanda. …

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Food Ethics | OFPC

This study, published by OFPC staff and members, found that citizens and neighborhoods have begun to directly influence the policies of their local food systems, creating a context in which equitable and sustainable alternatives for ensuring good, healthy food, are allowed to flourish. Food Policy Councils, at least anecdotally, are changing the rules to encourage …

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Lessons Learned | OFPC

Just weeks after the USDA announced that one in seven Americans would go hungry at some point in 2009, a new report from Oakland Food Policy Council, Food First, and the Community Food Security Coalition highlights a useful tool that city, state and local governments can use to fight hunger, diet-related diseases and other symptoms …

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Taking a Food Policy First Step in Oakland, CA: Zoning for Urban Agriculture | OFPC

Public interest in urban agriculture (UA) is cropping up in backyards, vacant lots, rooftops, and city parks across North America. Despite popular interest, zoning often serves as an obstacle to UA’s expansion. In this paper, OFPC staff and members present a case study on the efforts of the OFPC to develop an action plan in …

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The Food Center Model | OFPC

On its website, The Stop, makes this much clear: food banks, operating under their traditional model, can only provide a temporary solution to hunger.  Outgoing Executive Director Nick Saul asks us to consider the elephant in the room.  Why has it taken us this long to re-examine the way the existing model of urban food distribution …

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Quick facts | OFPC

What Do We Know About Oakland’s Food System? The Oakland food system does not currently serve all of Oakland’s neighborhoods equally well. The Oakland Food System Assessment carefully examined the Oakland food system, and came up with these findings: 30 Percent of food consumed in Oakland that we hope to source from within the City and the …

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FAQ | OFPC

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 …

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