A message from the Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council . . .
Thank you to all who attended and participated in the 8th Annual CFPAC Food Policy Summit. The CFPAC Summit brought together a wide group of stakeholders, from public and private organizations to community based activists, for several breakout sessions informed by the action based participatory programs and projects that drive our policy work.
We had an EXCELLENT line-up of breakout sessions this year, and are incredibly grateful to all of our presenters for making this one of the best attended CFPAC summits!
- Open discussion, including several higher education representatives, around how universities can support the Good Food Movement
- Tools for organizing around food justice from CFPAC’s Neighborhood Action Council Working Group
- Street Vendor Organizing and Policy Goals from the Asociacion Vendedores Ambulantes
- Strategy sharing around youth engagement in food policy work
- Announcement of Growing Power’s Farmers for Chicago Program with support from the City of Chicago and Mayor Emanuel. Click here for the Mayor’s Official Press Release
- CMAP presentation on Local Food as an Economic Tool
- Best Practices and examples of Healthy Neighborhood Food Options from leaders in the field in Chicago and Milwaukee
- Information on GE Labeling from Food and Water Watch
- Introduction of two pieces of legislation that will remove barriers for Illinois rural and urban farmers and gardeners to compost: HB3319 & HB2335. Contact your representative and ask them to co-sponsor!
- Historic Panel on Innovative Land Tenure Strategies featuring representatives from the Chicago Park District, NeighborSpace, Washington Park Consortium, DHED, Growing Power and Openlands/Cook County Land Bank
To continue policy development and strategizing around responsible food policy, get involved with CFPAC’s work year-round! Join CFPAC at our next Working Group Meeting – Saturday, April 6th from 10:00-12:00pm @ Iron Street Farm (3333 S. Iron Street). RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org