February 2013 meeting was well attended. Whatch for minutes from this meeting coming soon. Download the Tulsa Food Security Council February 2013 Newsletter. Meetings of the Tulsa Food Security Council are open to all who share an interest in improving local food security and access to healthful food in the Tulsa metro area. Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa, 550 S. Peoria, Tulsa, OK. Download and print the Tulsa Food Security Council brochure for distribution.
February 23, 2013 - Rancher/Farmer, and Market Gardener WorkshopColeen Thornton, 918-431-4774, RSVP to Dana Smith, 918- 678-333-9685, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org The Cherokee County Food Policy Council invites you to attend the second in their “Growing Our Own” series of educational workshops. On February 23, Saturday, there will be a free Rancher/Farmer, and Market Gardener workshop focused session held at the Tahlequah Community at 908 S. Choctaw Street. Download and print the Ranch/Farmer Workshop press release. Download and print the Tulsa Food Security January, 28, 2013 minutes. Download and print the Grow Healthy Oklahoma A Guide to Community Gardening in the Sooner State.
What is Food Security?
According to Oklahoma's Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture1 a community is food secure when. . .
- There are adequate resources (such as grocery stores or farmers markets) from which people can purchase foods.
- Available resources are accessible to all community members.
- Food available in the community is sufficient in quality, quantity and variety.
- There are adequate food assistance programs to help low income people purchase and prepare nutritious foods.
- Locally produced food is available to community members.
- There is support for local food production.
- Every household is food secure within the community.
Why Food Policy Councils?
Food Policy Councils began as a way to address the food system as a whole, often bringing the weight of local, county or state government behind grassroots initiatives. Food Policy Councils work across sectors, engaging with government policy and programs, grassroots and non-profit projects, local businesses and food workers. Instead of many advocates working on the isolated symptoms of a failing food system, Food Policy Councils work to establish platforms for coordinated action at the local level.
What is a Food Security/Food Policy Council?
As described in a comprehensive overview study2 conducted in 2009 by Food First and the Community Food Security Coalition, a Food Policy Council consists of a group of representatives and stakeholders from many sectors of the local food system. Ideally, the councils include participants representing all five sectors of the food system:
- waste recycling
Food Policy Councils often include anti-hunger and food justice advocates, educators, nonprofit organizations, concerned citizens, government officials, farmers, grocers, chefs, workers, food processors and food distributors. Food Policy Councils create an opportunity for discussion and strategy development among these various interests, and create an arena for studying the food system as a whole.The central aim of most Food Policy Councils is to identify and propose innovative solutions to improve local or state food systems, spurring local economic development and making food systems more environmentally sustainable and socially just.