What We Do

Food Policy Councils (FPCs) provide a unique forum for diverse stakeholders to come together and address common concerns regarding food policy including food systems, food security, farm policy, food regulations, health, and nutrition. Stakeholders include people such as farmers, city and state officials, non-profit organizations, chefs, food distributors, food justice advocates, educators, health professionals, and concerned citizens. FPCs bring together these stakeholders to share concerns and then utilize this diverse membership to act on common goals, thus influencing and shaping food policy. FPCs exist in various other cities and states, and have had much success in improving and amending policies to be friendlier to local food systems and improve access to healthy foods.

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Mission

The mission of the MS Food Policy Council is to educate Mississippians about food and farm policies that build healthy communities and strengthen local food systems.

History

The Mississippi Food Policy Council is comprised of stakeholders focused on issues such as hunger, farming, health, nutrition and policy.  The steering committee has been comprised of organizations such as: Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, Harvard Law School, Real Food Gulf Coast, Delta Directions Consortium, Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, Mississippi Poultry Association, Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association, Indianola Main Street/Indianola Farmers Market, Cole Farms, North Delta Produce Growers Association, Delta Fresh Foods, Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity, Mississippi Farm Bureau, Gulf Coast Health Educators, and Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi. Individuals from Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi, and several government agencies are also involved.

What is a Food Policy Council?

Food Policy Councils (FPCs) provide a unique forum for diverse stakeholders to come together and address common concerns regarding food policy including food systems, food security, farm policy, food regulations, health, and nutrition. Stakeholders include people such as farmers, city and state officials, non-profit organizations, chefs, food distributors, food justice advocates, educators, health professionals, and concerned citizens. FPCs bring together these stakeholders to share concerns and then utilize this diverse membership to act on common goals, thus influencing and shaping food policy. FPCs exist in various other cities and states, and have had much success in improving and amending policies to be friendlier to local food systems and improve access to healthy foods.

About the Mississippi Food Policy Council  (MFPC)

The MFPC employs the following strategies to improve our food system:

(a) Strengthening the connections between food, health, natural resource protection, economic development and the agricultural community.

(b) Researching, analyzing and reporting on information about the local food system.

(c) Educating stakeholders on food system and food policy implementation.

(d) Promoting and providing education on food system issues.

Board

Judy Belue
Co-Chair
Noel Didla
Co-Chair
Sunny Baker
Vice-Chair

I am accountable to the children of Mississippi. I have spent my career in school food reform and have found a niche that allows me to work within and outside of the US Gov’t towards changing how children are fed at schools. It is my belief and dream that all students should receive a free school meal that is delicious, well-balanced, full of locally grown fruits and vegetables, and culturally relevant. My work is focused on improving school and early childcare meals, but I generally know that the more we improve our food system, the better our economy, environment, and families will flourish. I focus on schools but am engaged in systems work and understand that schools/eces are one piece of large system. I do this work for my ancestors, my descendants, and my peers - especially those who are continually up against the world.

Cassandra Hawkins
Secretary
Calvin Head
Member
Diego Thompson
Member
Felica Bell
Member
Rahel Mathews
Member
Jason Grisham
Member
Jullian Miller
Member
LaCiana McIntyre
Member
Melbah Smith
Member
Ya-Sin Shabazz
Member
Nancy Woodruff
Member

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