DC Food Policy Council and Director Establishment Act of 2014
This legislation calls for the creation of a Food Policy Council that will work to increase food access and improve the District’s local food economy by promoting positive food policies. It also establishes a position for a Food Policy Director, who will oversee and collaborate on food policies and advocate for new food ventures in the District.
Creates a Food Policy Council (FPC) comprised of 13 voting members from the community (equally representing the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors) and 10 non-voting members from designated government agencies
Annual evaluation of city food policies and progress:
The FPC will write an annual report that assesses the current state of food access and the local food economy in DC. This report will also recommend policy changes.
Creates the position of Food Policy Director, who will:
Work with existing agencies to strengthen the local food system
Collaborate with Sustainable DC and create plans to meet Sustainable DC’s food goals
Seek grants and partnerships with organizations working to promote food access and local food economies
Represent the FPC outside of DC
Next steps: This legislation must be funded. The cost of implementation is $109,000 over the first year and $462,000 over four years.