Local Food Action Plan, Columbus, Ohio

Jurisdiction Name: Columbus
State/Province: OH
Country: United States
Type of Government: Municipality/County
Population: 879,170 (city of Columbus)
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Links: WebPDF
Policy type: plan
Year: 2016
GFC Topic: community food connections, community food production, community food security
Keywords: city, collaboration, community engagement, coordination, development, economic development, education, food affordability, food waste, food waste reduction, healthy food, healthy food access, intersectoral collaboration, local food, nutrition education, partnership, waste
Adopting Government Department(s):

Columbus City Council and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners

Lead Implementing Entity(s): City-County Joint Local Food Team (Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Economic Development and Planning)
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Funding Amount: n/a
Funding Sources: n/a
Policy Outcome(s):

This plan was first conceptualized in 2014 by the Local Food Action Plan Project Team, consisting of staff from Columbus Public Health, Franklin County Economic Development & Planning, and Local Matters, a local community nonprofit. The planning process consisted of three phases: (1) current conditions and visioning; (2) policy and program recommendations; and (3) plan development, and included public comment during each phase of development. The Local Food Action Plan is explicitly intended to inform public policy development and influence programming and community collaboration. The plan consists of four main goals: (1) enhance coordination and communication among existing food resources and agencies; (2) improve access to and education about healthy food, affordable food, and local food; (3) increase the role of food in economic development; and (4) prevent food-related waste. These four goal areas contain a total of 27 specific action items, each of which includes current status (e.g., new work, in process, etc.), organization currently working toward each action, objectives, starting steps, potential measures to evaluate implementation, and resources (existing and required).

Additional Resources and Information: Link 1