New Haven Food Policy Council
The New Haven Food Policy Council
Good food for everyone - because better food builds a better city!
Working Group Meetings:
Working Groups on specific food topics started at the Food Summit on October 12, 2012.
The Working Groups are a vehicle for engaging community and city leaders to set priorities and drive implementation of the Food Action Plan.
Current Working Group Meetings:
Food Assistance - Friday, December 6th, 9:00-10:30am, United Way, 370 James Street
SNAP and WIC outreach | food pantries and soup kitchens | food access for seniors | food reclamation
Urban Agriculture - Thursday, December 12th, 8:30-10:00am, City Hall
Community and backyard gardens | school gardens
Cooking & Food Education - Monday, December 16th, 6:00-7:30pm, City Hall
Community-based cooking classes | links with city and community organizations
Economic Development & Food Business - meet with Urban Ag Working Group
Food business development supports | local food procurement and processing | agricultural business | composting
Compost Committee -- on hold
School Food Working Group -on hold
Issues related to improving school food quality and delivery | youth engagement
Please contact us with any questions.
Working Groups are open to the public, so please join us and spread the word!
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WHO WE ARE
The New Haven Food Policy Council is a volunteer advisory board for the City of New Haven. Our eleven Council members are New Haven residents, appointed by the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen. We are a collaborative group working to address local and regional food issues and the impacts on individuals, communities, businesses, the environment and local government.
Please Join US
Contact: staff@NHFoodPolicyCouncil.org or (203) 773-3736
The New Haven Food Policy Council meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 8:00-9:45 a.m. at City Hall Room 1 (see schedule below for meeting times, agendas, and minutes).
Council meeting are open to the public.
To build a food system that nourishes all people in a just and sustainable manner.
We Improve Our Food System By
- Building coalitions and fostering cooperation between community groups, residents, and city offices.
- Developing strategies to effectively addresses food access, hunger, obesity, community development, economic development, urban agriculture, food waste, and nutrition and food education.
- Compiling information to educate residents and community leaders.
- Advocating for policy that improves the nutritional, environmental, economic, and social health of the City.
Current Council members
Affiliate Council Members
Current Council Initiatives
Meeting Times, Minutes and Agendas
City Ordinance and Council Composition
What is a Food Policy Council?
Community food system resources and links
"The New Haven Food Policy Council is a collaboration of numerous organizations, city departments and individuals. CitySeed provides support and administration for the Council."
Current Council Members
Common Ground, the New Haven Ecology Project
Diana Richter - Treasurer
Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen
Alycia Santilli - Chair
Nuts About Health, Inc.
Anika Thrower - Vice Chair
C.S. Hill Health WIC Office
NH Land Trust Community Gardens, Bioregional Group
Affiliate Council Members
Affiliate Council Members, are a growing group of organizations welcomed and invited by the NHFPC to actively participate in our work, broadening our information and community base. Affiliate members can participate in all work and decision making, but do not hold a vote. If your organization is interested in becoming an Affiliate Member of the NHFPC contact staff@NHFoodPolicyCouncil.org
New Haven Department of Public Health
Massaro Community Farm
CT Food Bank
Waldron Farm Alliance
NH Health Dept.
The Youth Coalition is composed of teens from multiple youth organizations, schools, and communities around New Haven who are engaged in the work of the NHFPC and in the improvement of New Haven's food system. The NHFPC partners with individual teens and youth serving organizations to create a space for youth leadership around important food issues at the city level. The Youth Coalition also represents the New Haven branch of the Connecticut Food Justice Youth Corps (CT-FJYC), a statewide initiative hosted by the UConn Cooperative Extension System that empowers youth leadership around food issues throughout the state. For more information or to get involved contact: Caitlin Aylward - email@example.com
CURRENT NEW HAVEN FOOD POLICY COUNCIL INITIATIVES
New Haven Food Action Plan 2012
A comprehensive set of policy recommendations for the city of New Haven to improve people’s access to good food, the food business economy, and food education and marketing.
Community Engagement for Food System Improvement
In partnership with CitySeed and the CEIO pilot grant program, started in the spring of 2012. A coordinated effort to conduct broad community engagement activities to create avenues for community members to take direct action on food issues in our city. Through this effort, a new two-year position was funded at CitySeed : Community Food Systems Coordinator.
Working with numerous community organizations to make it possible for more people in New Haven to grow their own food. This includes community gardens and farms as well as backyard and school gardens.
Working with partners to organize community food events in connection with National Food Day in October.
Youth Coalition Building
Working with high school students from various New Haven schools to build an engaged group of youth to inform the work of the NHFPC and serve as representatives in the community.
Food Businesses and Economic Development
Working with city and community partners on ways to support and grow healthy food businesses in New Haven including a food business incubator on Long Wharf.
State Level Food System Work – A state wide effort to work with the Governors new Agriculture
Advisory Council to improve our state-wide food system and better connect Connecticut grown food with cities and communities in need. “Growing Connecticut Food Farms and Jobs”
The NHFPC partnered with many community groups to bring about major changes in our school lunch program in 2008. We remain committed to the continual improvement of food in our schools. Click here to read our Policy Primer on School Food.
Healthy Corner Store Initiative CARE
Community Gardens New Haven Land Trust/Community Gardens
School Gardens – Grow New Haven a program of Common Ground
District Wide Wellness Committee
New Haven Farms
Composition Of The New Haven Food Policy Council
A City Ordinance created the Council on May 12, 2005. The Council is defined in § 14-41 of the Municipal Code. The New Haven Food Policy Council is composed of eleven members; ten appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Board of Aldermen, and one Aldermanic representative elected by the Board of Aldermen.
The Council may recommend prospective appointees to the Mayor and Board of Alderman. The ten members of the council appointed by the Mayor shall include:
- one member of the department or organization administering the council six members of the community personally engaged in the production and distribution of food, or in the effects of food on the local economy and health of city residents.
- Members may be chosen from the following fields: hunger relief, nutrition, businesses in the food sector, farming, and institutional food management
- three members selected from the public at large
WHAT IS A FOOD POLICY COUNCIL?
A food policy council strengthens the local food system through strategic connections. Your local food system is the network uniting all aspects of the production and consumption of food. It includes farms, distributors, and retail stores as well as emergency service providers. Since access and distribution are essential for the food system, transportation plays an important role. A food policy council ensures relationships between these sectors for improved collaboration on food related issues. Council members can be grocers, restaurant owners, chefs, anti-hunger advocates, farmers, wholesalers and distributors, food processors, government employees, environmentalists, school system representatives, non-profit employees, community and religious leaders, scholars and concerned citizens
CONTACTING THE COUNCIL
The New Haven Food Policy Council welcomes input from the public.
Please send inquiries to:
New Haven Food Policy Council
817 Grand Avenue No. 101
New Haven CT 06521
e-mail contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Haven Food Policy Council meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 8:00-9:45 a.m. at City Hall Meeting Room 1 (see schedule for meeting times, agendas, and minutes).
The New Haven Food Policy Council is committed to serving the healthiest food in school meals for the city’s students. Improving school food was one of the Council’s first campaigns. The Council and the Community and Economic Development Clinic of Yale Law School developed a Policy Primer on School Food for a presentation at the Greater New Haven Childhood Obesity Summit, May 22, 2008.
New Haven Food Policy Council School Food Policy Primer
2007 Annual Report to New Haven Board of Alderman
The Connecticut Landscape: Food Resources and Services – 2007
A Town-Level Assessment Of Community Food Security In Connecticut – 2005 (Hartford Food System, CT Food Policy Council, and UCONN College of Agricultural and Natural Resources)
What’s Cookin’ in Connecticut Schools: Ideas for Healthy Kids and Healthy Schools – 2003
(CT Food Policy Council)Ordinance Establishing the New Haven Food Policy Council
COMMUNITY FOOD SYSTEM RESOURCES AND LINKS
Wellness Committee/School Food Subcommittee
CitySeed and City Farmers’ Markets
CT Food Bank
Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen
Emergency Food Council of Greater New Haven
New Haven Ecology Project and Common Ground High School
New Haven Land Trust/Community Gardens
Regional Growth Partnership
Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
Yale Sustainable Food Project
Yale Office of Sustainability
Connecticut Farmland Trust
CT NOFA – Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association
Working Lands Alliance
Community Food Security Coalition
State and Local Food Policy Project, Drake University Agricultural Law Center
Connecticut Department of Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
Food Policy Councils
Connecticut Food Policy Council
Hartford Food Policy Commission
COUNCIL MEETING AGENDAS AND MINUTES
The New Haven Food Policy Council generally meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 8:00-9:45 a.m. at City Hall Meeting Room 1 (see schedule below for actual meeting times, agendas, and minutes).
2013 Meeting Dates/Agendas and Minutes
January 16th - Minutes
February 20th - Minutes
March 20th - Minutes
April 17th - Minutes
May 15th - Minutes
June 19th - Minutes
July 17th - Minutes
September 18th - Minutes
October 16th - Minutes
November 20th - Minutes
2012 Meeting Dates/Agendas and Minutes
1/18/12 - Minutes
2/15/12 - Minutes
3/21/12 - Minutes
4/18/12 - Minutes
5/16/12 - Minutes
6/20/12 - Minutes
7/18/12 - Minutes
9/19/12 - Minutes
10/17/12 - Minutes
11/28/12 - Minutes
12/19/12 - Minutes
2011 Meeting Dates/Agendas and Minutes
1/19/11 - Minutes
2/16/11 - Minutes
3/16/ 11 - Minutes
4/20/11 - Minutes
5/18/11 - Minutes
6/15/11 - Minutes
7/20/11 - Minutes
9/21/11 - Minutes
10/19/11 - Minutes
11/16/11 - Minutes
12/21/11 - Minutes
2010 Meeting Dates/Agendas and Minutes
1/20/10 - Minutes
2/17/10 - Minutes
3/17/10 - Minutes
4/21/10 - Minutes
5/19/10 - Minutes
6/16/10 - Minutes
7/21/10 - Minutes
9/15/10 - Minutes
10/20/10 - Minutes
11/17/10 - Minutes
12/15/10 - Minutes
2009 Meeting Dates/Agendas and Minutes
Thursday, January 15, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, February 19, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, The Rudd Center Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, March 19, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, April 16, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, May 21, 8:30 AM – 10:30 PM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, June 18, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, July 16, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, August 20, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, September 17, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, October 15, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, November 19, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, December 17, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
2008 Minutes & Agendas
Thursday, January 24, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, February 28, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, March 27, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, April 24, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, May 22, 7:45 AM – 1:00 PM, Greater New Haven Childhood Obesity Summit, 300 George Street Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, June 26, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, August 28, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, September 25, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, October 23, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, November 20, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
Thursday, December 18, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall Agenda - Minutes
2007 Agendas & Minutes: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December.