"A strong local food system drives job creation, spurs business development and improves community health and well being. Supporting and strengthening our local food system is just good policy, and as a Commissioner, it's one of my priorities. I value the Franklin County Local Food Council's leadership in ensuring community efforts are both coordinated and informed by best practices, and I look forward to our continued partnership." -  Franklin County Commissioner John O'Grady

"A strong local food system drives job creation, spurs business development and improves community health and well being. Supporting and strengthening our local food system is just good policy, and as a Commissioner, it's one of my priorities. I value the Franklin County Local Food Council's leadership in ensuring community efforts are both coordinated and informed by best practices, and I look forward to our continued partnership." - Franklin County Commissioner John O'Grady

The Franklin County Local Food Council seeks to expand, strengthen and maintain

a resilient and local food system in Franklin County.  

The Franklin County Local Food Council is an independent advisory council that brings together people from across the food system, from growers to eaters, with a particular interest in people and neighborhoods most affected by food system policies and programs. This organization provides space for education and information sharing, and supports community engagement, food system-related campaigns, and mentorship for food system ideas.

The Food Council also facilitates participation in the Local Food Action Plan, providing a pathway for resident and community involvement in implementation of the Plan.


Our Objectives:

  • Link food and farm businesses, non-profit organizations and local government entities in a common effort to support a resilient local food system

  • Improve the availability of safe and healthful local food at affordable prices for all

  • Address barriers and opportunities to strengthen connections among producers, processors, distributors, retailers and recyclers

  • Ensure through outreach and engagement that citizens, agencies, organizations and local businesses consider a healthful and resilient local food system to be an essential part of all policy, planning and decision-making

  • Convene food system stakeholders and provide a forum for collaboration in the public sphere

  • Act as a clearinghouse by developing, collecting, and sharing food system information and resources

  • Create, evaluate, and influence food system policy

  • Support and participate in food system programming

Our Guiding VAlues:

  • Community and Regional Prosperity and Resilience

  • Equitable Access to Healthy Food

  • Health-centered Food System

  • Sustainable Agricultural Practices

  • Social Justice and Equity

  • Systems Approach to Franklin County Local Food

  • Measurable Outcomes

Our Steering Committee Members:

Chair:

Vice Chair:

At-Large Executive Committee Members: 

Council Members: