Announcing the 2nd Buffalo Food Policy Summit!

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The Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities – Buffalo Partnership, University at Buffalo, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc., and SUNY Buffalo State College in collaboration with other local community organizations and public agencies are hosting a two-day Buffalo Food Policy Summit. Click here for more information.

The 2nd Buffalo Food Policy Summit  brings together diverse stakeholders to discuss opportunities for sustainable economic development through the food system in support of a healthier, more resilient Western NY.

This two-day summit will feature 6 events across two days and its goal is to introduce the Food Policy Council of Buffalo and Erie County (FPC) to policymakers and residents, and describe how they can engage with the new Council in creating a more just and sustainable food system. The FPC was created in May 2013 as a sub-commission of the Erie County Board of Health and acts as an advisory body to provide expert guidance on policies that could improve the local food system. It is a pivotal time for food work in Buffalo: the Buffalo Green Code overhauls Buffalo’s land use plan and 60- year-old zoning ordinance; the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council has recognized food systems strategies as key economic development priorities for the region; and the One Region Forward regional planning initiative is working to produce a detailed food access plan for Erie and Niagara counties.  We have a great opportunity to push for land use and economic development policies that support a healthy regional food system. Policymakers and residents will now have someone to turn to for sound counsel regarding food policy issues.

The Buffalo Food Policy Summit is sponsored Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities – Buffalo Partnership (a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), together with the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo’s Civic Engagement and Public Policy Research Initiative, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc., and SUNY Buffalo State College with support from The Burchfield Penney Art Center, Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, Erie County Department of Public Health, Food Policy Council of Buffalo and Erie County Steering Committee, Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo, Massachusetts Avenue Project, One Region Forward, University at Buffalo Office of Sustainability, and WNY Environmental Alliance.

 

Apply for a seat on the Food Policy Council!

The FPC was created in May 2013 as a sub-commission of the Erie County Board of Health.  The FPC was created in order to provide local governments (legislative bodies and executive agencies) with an advisory body that would be able to provide expert information on policies that could improve the local food system.

We are currently accepting applications from those interested in joining the FPC. It is a volunteer position and would require applicants to attend 4 meetings per year.  We are looking for people with experience in the food system (farmers, processors, retail) and those with interests in food issues (consumer concerns, food access, nutritional issues, etc).

Apply here!