the tompkins county food policy council is...

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a citizen advisory council advocating for a healthier food system for Tompkins County, NY. An open, democratic, non-governmental group, the TC FPC formed in 2016 to explore ways to strengthen our local food system. In 2018, the Tompkins County Food Policy Council began the process of developing a community-wide food system planning process that is currently underway. The food system plan, “Tompkins Food Future,” is intended to educate, advise, and support local governments and institutions in their effort to create a food system that is more locally- and regionally-based, more sustainable, equitable, and healthy for all residents. Learn more: www.tcfoodpolicy.wordpress.com

the vision of the tompkins county food policy council is to create a food system that:

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Sustains people on the front line of our food system: producers, entrepreneurs, and food sector workers and volunteers

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Ensures equity across the food system including: access to nutritious food, access to land and resources for growing food, access to opportunities within the food system

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Sustains and improves the foundations of our food system: soil, land, water, climate

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Reduces food waste

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Ensures access to nutritious, healthy, affordable food that supports human health

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Provides education on food, nutrition, cooking/preserving, and growing

the food system planning team...

consists of Food Policy Council Members and volunteer stakeholders and collaborators committed to completing and distributing a comprehensive food system plan by mid-2022. The FSPT is a collaborative team which shares individual experiences, listens, and learns from each other’s ideas and invites engagement of community members to collectively address food system challenges. Members of the team represent organizations and interests across the food system including farming and growing, food security, food waste, health and equity, education, and beyond.

The Food System Planning Team consists of Food Policy Council Members and volunteer stakeholders and collaborators committed to completing and distributing a comprehensive food system plan by mid-2022. The FSPT is a collaborative team which shares individual experiences, listens, and learns from each other’s ideas and invites engagement of community members to collectively address food system challenges. Members of the team represent organizations and interests across the food system including farming and growing, food security, food waste, health and equity, education, and beyond.

This work is made possible by our generous supporters within the community. The Food Policy Council and the Food System Planning Team thanks the Tompkins County Legislature and the Community Foundation of Tompkins County for their funding, as well as Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County for its organizational support.  

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Tompkins Food Future is housed at and fiscally sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program

and employment opportunities.