Sustainable Food Policy Board: Austin working together to end hunger
May 15, 2009 § Leave a comment
From David Davenport
President and CEO
To solve hunger, we must all work together. In 2004, the National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO) issued a Blueprint to End Hunger which maps out strategies for stakeholders to undertake. State and local governments are an important part of this strategy. They provide visibility to hunger, and lay the groundwork for ending hunger locally.
The Sustainable Food Policy Board is one such public commitment to collaborate with nonprofit groups and support a hunger-free community.
Sponsored by Austin City Council Members Mike Martinez, Laura Morrison and Mayor-elect Lee Leffingwell, as well as Travis County Commissioner, Sarah Eckhardt, The Sustainable Food Policy Board serves as an advisory body to the Austin City Council and Travis County Commissioner’s Court concerning the need to improve availability of fresh, nutritious, locally and sustainably grown food at reasonable prices for all residents, particularly those in need.
The board of 13 members, including CAFB, coordinate the relevant activities of local government, as well as non-profit organizations and food and farming businesses, and explore new means for the city and county to improve the local food economy by monitoring the availability, sustainability, accessibility and quality of local food. Download a copy of the ordinance.
Members of our community interested in the important work of the Sustainable Food Policy Board are encouraged to attend meetings, participate and offer comments. Together, we will help shape a healthier, more sustainable community for those who call Austin and Travis County home.
The Sustainable Food Policy Board meets on the fourth Monday of the month, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Due to a holiday in May, the meeting will take place June 1, 2009, at the Carver Library and Museum. The most recent meeting was held May 4th. Download a copy of the agenda.
I encourage you to be part of this local effort by attending meetings, and offering comments.