On 3/20, Malaika Bishop of LHNC represented Nevada County at The California Food Policy Council. The California Food Policy Council is a collaborative of local food policy groups, working to ensure that California’s food system reflects the needs of all of its communities.
The purpose of the California Food Policy Council (CAFPC) is to build capacity of local food policy bodies to find common ground on policy priorities, generate public support for those policies, educate policymakers on issues in our food system, and advocate for food systems change in California. This group represents over 1000 organizations and hundreds of thousands of people across California.
Some of the upcoming projects include prioritizing legislative bills to endorse or work on improving and creating a report card that will allow citizens to see quickly and easily how their representatives are voting on food issues. This year there are about 50 bills that relate to food, nutrition and farming. Some examples include; taxing sweetened beverages, making it easier for Cal Fresh recipients to get benefits and buy from local farmers, a farm to fork department at the state, defining what is allowed to be called a CSA, requiring state institutions to buy California produce, changes in provisions for Farmers Markets, new regulations on food sold in schools, and more. Look out for an upcoming Nevada County Food Policy Council meeting so that we can bring your voices and represent the issues you care about.