New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee
Who We Are
Vision: We envision a sustainable, culturally appropriate food system that enables all New Orleanians to live healthier, more resilient lives.
Mission: FPAC shapes public policy to improve equity, opportunity, and collaboration in our local food system.
Values: All of our work is guided by the principles below
Equity: All of the work FPAC undertakes will be done through a lens of racial justice, which is defined as the proactive reinforcement of policies, practices, attitudes, and actions that produce equitable power, access, opportunities, treatment, impacts and outcomes for all. (from Catalytic Change: Lessons Learned from the Racial Justice Grantmaking Assessment Report, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity and Applied Research Center, 2009.)
Sustainability: Our work will help meet current needs while ensuring that future generations have opportunities equivalent to or greater than those we have now to participate in a healthy food system.
Economic Opportunity: Everyone should have equal opportunity to support themselves and their families.
Collaboration: FPAC shall involve the community at all levels of our work in order to ensure our work is needed, beneficial, and reflective of the community in which we live and serve. We will also collaborate with other organizations, recognizing that the food system is multifaceted and interrelated and work being done by any affects all.
Evidence-Based: Our work will be guided by research and data and will benefit from what others are doing and have done in the field, seeking out best practices locally, nationally, and from around the globe. We will continuously evaluate and make improvements to our work to be sure it is effective and just.
Health: We believe in the overall quality of life for everyone and the right to a healthy mind, body, community, and environment.
Local food: food grown, caught, or raised within 200 miles of New Orleans.
Food system: food production, processing, distribution, consumption, and waste management.
(From UCDavis Agricultural Sustainability Institute, Community food system resources.)
Food Policy: A set of collective decisions made by government at all levels, businesses, and organizations that affect how food gets from the farm to your table. A food policy can be as broad as a federal regulation on food labeling or as local and specific as a zoning law that lets city dwellers raise honeybees. (From Doing Food Policy Council Right: A Guide to Development and Action.)
Sustainable food system: one that provides healthy food to meet current food needs while maintaining healthy ecosystems that can also provide food for generations to come with minimal negative impact on the environment. A sustainable food system also encourages local production and distribution infrastructures and makes nutritious food available, accessible, and affordable to all. Further, it is humane and just, protecting farmers and other workers, consumers, and communities. (From American Public Health Association)
Our work is made possible by the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.