Improving CalFresh: LA Food Policy Council (LAFPC) will be launching a comprehensive report (2019-2021) on community-led changes to improve CalFresh. A listening tour with over 400 community members across the county, encompassing all but one SPA, was conducted. Community findings and recommendations were triangulated with cross-sector advocates including government administrators philanthropy, and service providers, and advocates.
Collective Impact Ecosystem: LAFPC uses a collective impact framework to organize across sectors. In addition to a Leadership Circle, we currently convene five active Working Groups include Good Food Purchasing Policy, Regenerative & Urban Agriculture, Food Waste Prevention & Recovery, Farm to School & Garden, and Good Food Economy. Major areas of work they are leading include: streamlining the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone to improve implementation and outreach, strategizing for a more robust local supply chain for the 2028 Olympics, creating a job description for a position to implement the Good Food Zone policy, and developing approaches to include farm to School & Garden programming in local school district funding via Local Control Accountability Plans.
Food Leaders Lab: From October 2021-December 2021, LAFPC is training a cohort of 24 constituents from each Supervisorial District to develop food justice advocacy plans and highlight hyperlocal food apartheid issues. with lived experiences navigating food justice issues. The leadership development program is exclusively offered by LAFPC, for and by Angelenos with lived experiences navigating food justice issues. To date, the program has graduated 29 Angelenos.
Restorative Reentry & Food Justice: LAFPC is developing a service-provider approach to better support reentry populations regarding employment opportunities and food apartheid in communities. Accompanying this work is a social and economic capital framework. A service-providing peer network is currently being explored.
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