Food Policy Council and Director Establishment Act, Washington, D.C.

Jurisdiction Name: District of Columbia
State/Province: D.C.
Country: United States
Type of Government: Municipality
Population: 601,723
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Links: WebPDF
Policy type: act
Year: 2014
GFC Topic: community food connections, community food production, community food security
Keywords: equitable, food policy, food policy advisor position, food policy council, food security, local food economy, staff position
Adopting Government Department(s):

District of Columbia Council

Lead Implementing Entity(s): Executive Office of the Mayor, D.C. Office of Planning
Support Entity(s):


Funding Amount: Proposed $109,000 in FY2015, $462,000 over the four year financial period; $110,000 for a Food Policy Director in 2016
Funding Sources: The Council of the District of Columbia; FPD: Office of Planning's Local funds budget
Policy Outcome(s):

D.C. Act 20-483, or the “Food Policy Council and Director Establishment Act of 2014” was passed to create a Food Policy Council, made up of stakeholders and government representatives, to identify regulatory challenges in the local food economy, collect and examine data on the food economy and equity, promote food policies, guide organizations in the food sector, and establish a Food Policy Director in the Office of Planning who would have their own set of responsibilities–promoting food policy in the District, attracting new participants to the local food economy, assisting an individual already participating in the local food economy, and achieving the food goals identified in the Sustainable DC Plan. Since the act’s passage, the DC Food Policy council has been established (2015) and engaged in the city food system, conducting studies, development strategies, and assessments. Additionally, the Mayor began appointing the Food Policy Director in 2015 to the Office of Planning.

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