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Food Policy Council



Total public members:               12          

Method of Appointment:             Appointed by Mayor, confirmed by Council       

Length of Appointment:              3 years

Residency:                                Strong preference for DC residents from all 8 wards

Paid board:                                No (all roles are voluntary)



To establish a Food Policy Director in the District Department of the Environment to promote food policy in the District, attract new participants to the local food economy, assist 13 individuals already participating in the local food economy, and achieve the food goals 14 identified in the Sustainable DC plan, and to establish a Food Policy Council to identify 15 regulatory burdens on the local food economy, collect and analyze data on the food 16 economy and food equity, promote positive food policies, and guide organizations and 17 individuals involved in the food economy. 1.    The Mayor shall establish a Food Policy Council, whose purpose shall be to: 1.    Identify for the Council of the District of Columbia and relevant agencies regulatory barriers to the development of a local food economy, including barriers to the operations of farmers markets; (2) Collect and analyze data on the local food economy and food access in the District of Columbia, including an assessment of food deserts; and (3) Identify national best practices in food policy and determine how they could be implemented in the District.  2.    The Food Policy Council shall provide an annual report to the Council of the District of Columbia on the state of the local food economy and food access across the District. The first report shall be due within 240 days of the effective date of this act. Thereafter, the Food Policy Council shall submit a report on December 31 of each year. The report shall identify national best practices in food policy, assess District food deserts, and recommend revisions to regulations that affect the local food economy and food access.  3.    The Food Policy Council may apply for any federal, public, or private grant or funding that would enhance its ability to improve food policy and equity in the District.


Commission membership: 

The Board shall consist of 14 members of whom 3 shall be barbers, 3 shall be cosmetologists, 3 shall be specialty cosmetologists, 3 shall be body artists, and 2 shall be consumer members.



The Food Policy Council shall consist of 13 voting members appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council of the District of Columbia, one of whom shall be the Food Policy Director appointed pursuant to section. Voting members shall serve terms of 3 years; provided that of the initial members appointed, 4 shall serve for a term of 3 years, 4 shall serve for a term of 2 years, and 4 shall serve for a term of one year. Members may be reappointed but may serve no more than 2 consecutive full terms. The Food Policy Director shall serve on the Food Policy Council as long as he or she remains the Food Policy Director. 1.    The members shall be equally representative of established public, non-profit, and for-profit entities and organizations involved in the local food economy or food access in the District. 2.    There shall be 8 ex-officio nonvoting members, including Directors of the following departments or their designees: 3.    Department of Human Services; 4.    Department of Health; 5.    Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs; 6.    Department of Parks and Recreation; 7.    Office of the State Superintendent of Education; 8.    Office of Planning; and 9.    District Department of Transportation.


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