June 3, 2021
We did it! On May 11th, Rochester City Council voted to support the creation of a local Food Policy Council (FPC), making Rochester’s FPC one of the few in the country that is formally recognized and supported by legislation. As part of a long community engagement and planning process, Healthi Kids partnered with Foodlink, the City of Rochester and a planning team of residents to lay the foundation for a Food Policy Council that will be resident-led and will work with the community to change food policies. These changes will support the health of the environment, ensure every kid has equitable access to foods that support their health, and everyone has opportunities to participate in a vibrant local food economy.
But now’s the time to turn that legislation into action! The FPC needs city residents to lead the work of prioritizing issues, forming subcommittees, creating policy recommendations, and advocating for policy change. Working together, the FPC members will drive policy, systems and environmental changes to advance a healthier, sustainable, and equitable food system. FPC members will reflect the diversity of Rochester, and contribute their lived experiences, skills, and knowledge to its work. Anyone with a passion for community change work and food policy should apply!
If you live in the City of Rochester and are interested in becoming an inaugural member of the council apply here.
To learn more about membership and the Rochester FPC bylaws and for a list of frequently asked questions in both English and Spanish visit www.rocfoodpolicy.org.