The Bloomington Food Policy Council is a group of community members committed to building food security by assessing the current food system, advocating policy changes to improve it, and educating the public on concrete steps we can all take to assure everyone access to affordable and nutritious food, with an emphasis on food produced sustainably by local farmers and gardeners.
The Bloomington Food Policy Council exists to increase and preserve access to sustainably produced, locally grown, healthful food for all residents in Monroe and surrounding counties.
The BFPC grew out of the need for organizations and community members concerned about food policy to come together to help build a stronger local food system. Bloomington has a community full of folks concerned about food policy, and in the winter of 2010, members of various food related organizations came together to build a food policy council. Early members included folks from the Local Growers Guild, Middleway House, Bloomington Parks and Recreation, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, Bloomingfoods, the Bloomington Commission on Sustainability, and the Community Orchard. All were looking for a central organization that could assess the local food system, educate the community on food issues, and advocate for a healthier food system. At the first call-out meeting in January of 2011, we began the journey that lead to the growing organization we have today.
The work of the Bloomington Food Policy Council is primarily accomplished through working groups:
The Steering working group exists to oversee the growth and stability of the organization, as well as to lead the process of refining the mission, vision, strategies and strategic plan of the BFPC.
The Advocacy working group will propose and support policy changes to achieve the BFPC vision, with input from the public and data from the food system assessment. The Advocacy working group works to transform BFPC goals into actionable policy changes and to implement them. Click here to view current projects of the Advocacy working group.
The Assessment working group strives to assess the current local food system and to identify the challenges and needs of the local food system. Click here to view current projects of the Assessment working group.
The Education working group provides access to educational opportunities for all residents of Monroe and surrounding counties. We provide comprehensive education about the food system and its effects on personal, social, and ecological health; food security; local food culture; and strategies for building a more sustainable and healthful food system. Click here to view current projects of the Education working group.
The Governance working group is responsible for determining the structure and organization of the Bloomington Food Policy Council. The committee is in the process of applying for BFPC's 501(c)(3) status. The next order of business is drafting by-laws and operating procedures. These two documents will outline the BFPC's mission, membership, working group rules and co-chair responsibilities, meeting structures, and decision making procedures. Click here to view current projects of the Governance working group.