mission and vision
The Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) works to ensure food is healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable for all.
We believe Good Food for All is possible and that all communities deserve access to good food, grown in a way that respects people and the planet. We work to create a local food system free from hunger, rooted in equity and access, supportive of farmers and food workers, and guided by principles of environmental stewardship and regeneration. To accomplish our vision of Good Food for All, we catalyze, coordinate and connect people across the LA region, including government, business and community groups working on food.
WHAT WE DO
The Los Angeles Food Policy Council serves as backbone organization for a network of over 400 organizations and agencies working for healthy, sustainable and fair food. Growing from the collective impact model, we are making transformative change in three primary ways:
We cultivate a diverse network of change makers from across our food system, from farm to fork and beyond, through cross-sector working groups, network events and other civic engagement activities.
We provide strategic guidance to our stakeholder network through facilitation, research, policy development and training.
We translate collaboration into policy outcomes, and help incubate, launch and lead food system initiatives.
GOOD FOOD FOR ALL AGENDA (2009-2010)
In September 2009, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the creation of the Los Angeles Food Policy Task Force at the 30th Anniversary Celebration for the First Farmers’ Market in Los Angeles County.
The Task Force convened in November 2009 and was charged with developing a Good Food policy agenda for Los Angeles – food that is healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable. The Task Force met with over 200 people, conducted roundtables and listening sessions, and developed a report called Good Food for All Agenda with 55 specific action steps around six priority action areas, with a recommendation to establish a permanent Food Policy Council to help advance the agenda.
In July 2010, the Los Angeles Food Policy Task Force presented the “Good Food for All Agenda” to Mayor Villaraigosa. The Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) was created as a result.
LA FOOD POLICY COUNCIL (2011 – Present)
The LA Food Policy Council held its first meeting in January 2011 and the Working Group meetings began in February 2011. From 2011-2012, LAFPC benefits from the guidance and support of the Mayor’s Office, under the leadership of our founder Paula Daniels, as well as a founding Leadership Board of 40 food system experts. Paula served as Commissioner on the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works prior to joining Mayor Villaraigosa’s team as Senior Advisor on Food and Water Policy, where she launched the Los Angeles Food Policy Council.
LAFPC remained in City Hall in partnership with the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti until 2015, when we moved to our current office in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. LAFPC now operates as independent non-profit under the fiscal sponsorship of Community Partners.
Working with partners in the LAFPC Working Group and Network, the organization updated the Good Food For All Agenda in 2017.
To hear a detailed account of the history and development of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, please listen to this interview by KCRW’s Evan Kleiman with LAFPC Founder Paula Daniels, former Managing Director Alexa Delwiche and Executive Director Clare Fox.