Chesapeake Region Food Policy Councils

Photo of Prince George’s County Food Equity Forum by Gul Guleryuz

The Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future’s Food Policy Networks website hosts a database of food policy councils across the country, among a plethora of resources that support the development of effective state and local food policy through networking, capacity building, research, and technical assistance.

Adams County Food Policy Council [PA]

The Adams County Food Policy Council envisions that all residents of Adams County will have access to a safe, nutritious, affordable and adequate food supply within a sustainable system which promotes the local economy.

Arlington Urban Agriculture Task Force [VA]

Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture facilitates community collaboration to promote sustainable food systems for Arlington, VA.

Baltimore Food Policy Initiative [MD]

Facilitated by the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative, Food PAC provides opportunities for collaboration and idea sharing around food-related organizations in Baltimore. Members are invested in issues ranging from food policy, food justice, childhood hunger, food access, nutrition, obesity, food retail, and research in food systems.

Charlottesville Food Justice Network

A collaborative rather than a policy council, the Charlottesville Food Justice Network fosters collaboration among local organizations working in unique and complementary ways to build a healthy and just community food system.

DC Food Policy Council [DC]

The DC Food Policy Council is a coalition of stakeholders and government representatives who have come together to identify regulatory burdens on the local food economy, collect and analyze data on the food economy and food equity, promote positive food policies, and guide organizations and individuals involved in the food economy, in order to promote food access, food sustainability, and a local food economy in the District.

Delaware Urban Farm and Food Coalition [DE]

The mission of the Delaware Urban Farm and Food Coalition is to support community-oriented urban agricultural projects that expand healthy food access in northern Delaware and bring together resources and technical assistance through a collaborative approach to urban farming.

Fairfax Food Council [VA]

The Fairfax Food Council (FFC) is a coalition of citizens that advocate and promote food system and policy changes benefitting Fairfax communities, especially underserved communities.

Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council [PA]

Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council strengthens the local food economy by increasing access to fresh food, reducing food insecurity and supporting Lehigh Valley farming.

Mid-Shore Food System Coalition [MD]

The Mid-Shore Food System Coalition is a strategic body that identifies, prioritizes, and coordinates food-system improvements in the 5-county [Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot] Mid-Shore region, with an eye toward improving community resilience and triple-bottom-line sustainability.

Montgomery County Food Council [MD]

The Montgomery County Food Council is an independent council formed and led by individual community members and representatives of local businesses, government, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions, connecting all individuals and organizations committed to cultivating a robust, sustainable, and equitable food system in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council [PA]

The Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council connects Philadelphians and their local government to create a more just food system, and envisions that all Philadelphians can access and afford healthy, sustainable, culturally appropriate, local, and fair food.

Prince George’s County Food Equity Council [MD]

The Prince George’s County Food Equity Council (FEC) will develop and support policies, approaches, procedures, practices and initiatives to create systemic change to the local food system, promoting health, economic opportunity, food security, and wellbeing, especially among communities that have been negatively impacted by the current food system.

RVA Food Collaborative [VA]

RVA Food Collaborative is a forum for communication, collaboration, and collective thought on food system issues in the Richmond [Virginia] region. It’s a way of sharing information about work being done, communicating about project needs, finding ways to be stronger together, and thinking like a community.

Southern Maryland Food Council [MD]

The Southern Maryland Food Council brings together diverse stakeholders to integrate critical aspects of the regional food system in order to sustain and enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health and sustainability of Southern Maryland. 

Virginia Food System Council [VA]

The Virginia Food System Council’s mission is to work to advance a nutrient-rich and safe food system for Virginians at all income levels, with an emphasis on access to local food, successful linkages between food producers and consumers, and a healthy, viable future for Virginia’s farmers and farmland.

Western Maryland Food Council [MD]

The mission of the Western Maryland Food Council is to bring together diverse stakeholders to integrate the aspects of the food system to sustain and enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health of Western Maryland.

West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition [WV]

The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition develops regional foodsheds and build connections among those foodsheds by growing food and farm business, promoting access to local foods, sharing resources, changing agricultural policy, mapping and connecting the local food sector, and telling West Virginia’s food and farm story.