“FPAC convenes a diverse group of stakeholders and community members who would not meet regularly and collaborate without the support and coordination that FPAC provides. Since it started in 2011, FPAC has built a strong and involved membership with a large appetite for engaging the broader Philadelphia community in work that expands healthy food access.”—Amy Laura Cahn, FPAC Co-Chair
The Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council facilitates the development of responsible policies that improve access for all Philadelphia residents to culturally appropriate, nutritionally sound, and affordable food that is grown locally through environmentally sustainable practices.
FPAC members are appointed by the Mayor and serve three-year volunteer terms. Members come from a diverse range of sectors within the food system, including business, academia, non-profit organizations, farms and gardens, and advocacy groups.
FPAC also has robust participation from ex-officio members who serve on the Council as a function of their positions within City government. Together, appointed and ex-officio members have fostered successful and productive collaboration among City government, local food justice organizations, Philadelphia residents, and elected officials.
FPAC members shape the Council’s areas of focus and currently convene six programmatic subcommittees: Anti-Hunger, Food & Health, Good Food Procurement, Urban Agriculture, Workforce Development, and Zero Waste.