Policy & Regulation (Food Access)

Policies and regulations are important when considering any kind of new initiative. Organizations and agencies provided below work on or follow local policy and can assist in guiding and informing you about local policies or regulations.

CFN Food Waste and Recovery Group

Chesapeake Foodshed Network’s Food Waste and Recovery Work Group, (Formerly Food Recovery Work Group) is a working group of the Chesapeake Foodshed Network which focuses on improving our food systems food recovery strategies and activities toward that end.

CFN Food Waste and Recovery Group

Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN)

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The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the first grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Our mission is to build a diverse movement powerful enough to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nation’s capital to inspire action in neighboring states, regions nationwide, and countries around the world.

Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN)

D.C. Farmers’ Market Collaborative

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The D.C. Farmers Market Collaborative is co-convened today by D.C. Hunger Solutions and D.C. Greens and works on a variety of issues, including increasing fresh food access and partnering with city leaders and government agencies to support farmers’ markets in D.C.

D.C. Farmers’ Market Collaborative

DC Department of Health

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The Mission of the DC Department of Health (DC DOH) is to promote and protect the health, safety and quality of life of residents, visitors and those doing business in the District of Columbia. DC DOH’s responsibilities include identifying health risks; educating the public; preventing and controlling diseases, injuries and exposure to environmental hazards; promoting effective community collaborations; and optimizing equitable access to community resources.

DC Department of Health

DC Food Policy Council

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The DC Food Policy Council is a coalition of representatives who have come together to identify regulatory burdens on the local DC food system.

DC Food Policy Council

DC Food Recovery Working Group

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The DC Food Recovery Working Group was created in early 2016 to support overall food recovery efforts in DC and surrounding areas.

DC Food Recovery Working Group

DC Greens

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DC Greens uses the power of partnerships to support food education, food access, and food policy in the nation’s capital. It works toward a city where food education is on the menu in every classroom; where doctors write prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables as a matter of course; where urban agriculture is a valued element of our cityscape; and where zipcode does not determine life expectancy.

DC Greens

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DC Hunger Solutions

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DC Hunger Solutions seeks to improve public policies to end hunger, reduce poverty, promote nutrition, curb obesity, and increase the availability of healthy, affordable food in low-income areas. It maximizes participation in all federal nutrition programs (SNAP/food stamps, school meals, early childhood nutrition programs, WIC, and summer meals) through a combination of vigorous outreach, removal of obstacles to participation, and close work with social service agencies.

DC Hunger Solutions

DPR Urban Garden Division

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DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Urban Garden Division works with communities across the District to establish urban Ag projects (currently 31 community gardens and 5 non profit production farms) and urban ag support systems such as a urban garden education program offering over a 100 free classes, a citywide critter proof community compost cooperative iniitiative, a garden toolshare, a greenhouse coop, tree planting intiatives and an urban bee program.

DPR Urban Garden Division

ECO City Farms

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ECO City Farms is an educational, non-profit organization located in Prince George’s County, Maryland designed to serve as a prototype for sustainable local urban farming. Currently, they operate two farms in Maryland, offer training classes and have a CSA with Certified Naturally Grown produce.

ECO City Farms

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Fair Farms Maryland

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Fair Farms is building a movement of Marylanders of all stripes, working together for a new food system — one that is fair to farmers, invests in homegrown healthy foods, and restores our waterways instead of polluting them.

Fair Farms Maryland

Food Research and Action Center

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The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC launched DC Hunger Solutions and MD Hunger Solutions combat hunger and improve nutrition in DC and MD.

Food Research and Action Center

Institute for Public Health Innovation

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The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) is a unique non-profit resource that builds partnerships across sectors and cultivates innovative solutions to improve health and well-being for all people and communities throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Our work strengthens health service systems and public policy; enhances the environments and conditions in which people live, age, work, learn, and play; and builds organizational and community capacity to sustain progress.

Institute for Public Health Innovation

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

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The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future works with students, educators, researchers, policymakers, advocacy organizations and communities to build a healthier, more equitable, and resilient food system. At the Center for a Livable Future we explore how public health, diet, food production, and the environment shape our daily lives and our future, and how they face constant pressures from population growth, lack of equity, resource depletion, and climate disruption.

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

MD Hunger Solutions

Maryland Hunger Solutions, an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center, is dedicated to the goal of ending hunger and improving health and well-being across the state. We focus on improving the federal nutrition programs at the state and local level to ensure that everyone has access to adequate healthy food every day. We work to increase participation in the federal nutrition programs and to ensure that eligible Marylanders receive the benefits to which they are entitled.

MD Hunger Solutions

Montgomery County (MD) Food Council

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Our mission is to bring together a diverse representation of stakeholders in a public and private partnership to improve the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health of Montgomery County, Maryland through the creation of a robust, local, sustainable food system. Our vision is to cultivate a vibrant food system in Montgomery County that consciously produces, distributes, and recycles food, making it accessible to all residents while promoting the health of the local food economy, its consumers, and the environment.

Montgomery County (MD) Food Council

Prince George’s County Food Equity Council

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The mission of the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council is to significantly improve public health and community well-being of all who live, work, study, worship and play in the County. It will develop and support policies, approaches, procedures, practices and initiatives to create systemic change to the local food system.

Prince George’s County Food Equity Council

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Real Food for Kids

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A group of concerned parents in Fairfax County, Virginia who want to improve FCPS school lunches, to include local and organic foods and farm-to-school programs, and, to educate the school community, students, administrators and parents.

Real Food for Kids

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The Center for Food Safety

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The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a 501c3, U.S. environmental, non-profit organization, based in Washington, D.C and is focused to protect human health and the environment, focusing on food production technologies such as genetically modified plants and organisms (GMOs). It was founded in 1997.

The Center for Food Safety

The Center for Science in the Public Interest

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest has been providing advice and advocacy toward a healthier food system since its founding in 1971.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest

Think Food Group

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ThinkFoodGroup is the innovative company behind José Andrés restaurants, hotels, food products, media, educational initiatives and philanthropy.

Think Food Group

Virginia Food System Council

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The Virginia Food System Council is a Board of 24 volunteer Directors, representing all aspects of our food system from local producers and consumers, social justice and environmental non-profit organizations, to dietitians and statewide organizations. We help ensure that all Virginians have access to healthy, affordable food grown right here in Virginia.

Virginia Food System Council

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