Press Release: For Immediate Release
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Director, Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council
Food Policy Council awarded federal grant to expand local food access
Cincinnati, OH - Cafeterias in local schools and office buildings will see an increase in fresh, local foods thanks to a federal grant for the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council. The $610,000 award from the US Department of Agriculture will accelerate local efforts to build a comprehensive, institutional investment into the local food system and increase consumer access and consumption of local foods.
“We have been working for 5 years to build a coalition of partners to work collaboratively on addressing regional needs in our food system,” said Michaela Oldfield, director of Green Umbrella’s Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council. “This grant is a testament to our success thus far and to our well articulated plans to create a food system that is healthy for people, healthy for communities and healthy for our environment.”
The funding will support the Food Policy Council’s partnerships with The Health Collaborative’s Gen-H, local health departments, food entrepreneurs and nonprofits to encourage anchor institutions like Cincinnati Public Schools, area hospitals and local corporations to invest in building an equitable local food system. Modeled after the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s Feed Our Future campaign, the goal is to transform local institutions into anchors of health that invest their buying power into local economies, adopt sustainable practices, incentivize employees to purchase local foods and align their messaging around shared local foods priorities. Additionally, the Food Policy Council will direct funds toward increasing consumer access and consumption of local foods by supporting needed upgrades for farmers markets that make it easier to buy locally produced foods and working with community based organizations to address food access issues in neighborhoods.
“This funding infuses resources into implementing win-win projects that will increase the economic success of farmers and ensure children and families can enjoy a healthy diet,” says Oldfield.
One third of the funding will be directed to partner organizations to support their ability to participate in the program. The funding will allow the Food Policy Council to hire a Food Systems Analyst to manage research and reporting needs.To learn more or get involved visit greenumbrella.org/food-policy or register to attend the next Food Policy Council meeting on Wednesday, November 18th from 2:30-4:30 pm via Zoom.