The Los Angeles Food Policy Council was founded in 2009 as project of the mayor’s office and a coalition of community members and has been working on food issues central to the LA area since. LAFPC has created and supported an expansive network of organizations and individuals and is uniquely placed to listen to what is needed in Los Angeles and connect people and organizations working on similar goals.
As each city is unique, so is each food policy council, and in Los Angeles this means working on diverse issues but overall working towards food that is healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable for all. Some of the key topics that they work on are food security, equity and access, regenerative and urban agriculture and food waste. Thanks to their public campaign on food waste, #FreetheFood they diverted over 11k lbs of food scraps and freed it from landfills. Their work in urban agriculture led them to advocate for policy that expands land access through incentivizing land owners to lease land to urban farms and gardens.
LAFPC also creates resources for urban consumers and producers. For example, the Food Recovery Guide which is a resource for stakeholders interested in local efforts that are contributing the national goal of reducing food waste by 50% by 2030. In addition, the urban ag farmer’s toolkit which describes our currently policies in LA and CA on how food can be produced and sold, and helps farmers navigate the regulatory hoops. Through these and similar efforts, LAFPC is strengthening the knowledge, communication and connections in the Los Angeles food system and progressing good food for all.