ICC Food Policy Subcommittee

What is a Food Policy Council?

Food policy councils, often established by state or local governments, bring together a broad array of food-related public and private stakeholders to investigate every stage of the food process from seed to table. Consumers, producers, and public officials are becoming more aware of the economic and health impacts of supporting fresh and local foods resulting in greater attention to many food-related issues. Food policy councils are tapping into this increasing interest to explore policy options that improve the food system.

Food Policy Committee focus Areas (high to low priority effective 6/22/14)
Note * denotes 2013 Michigan Food Policy Council recommendation to the Governor.
(Numbers in below section correlate to the numbers in the Current Activities 11/10/14 update section)

1. *The Michigan Good Food Fund (MGFF), formerly known as the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) and related VOICE effort.
2. *Help small scale farms achieve food safety certification to increase sales to retail food industry, institutional buyers and customers.
3. *Build capacity of Michigan's farmers market sector to increase access to healthy foods.
4. Expansion of Double Up Food Bucks through the Farm Bill.
5. SNAP implementation/WIC access (increase inventory requirements and zip code limitations)
6. Local food council updates.
7. Small meat processor growth.
8. SNAP access barriers.

Current Activities, Updated January 2015
(numbers below are updates from the numbered items listed above)


1.  American Heart Association (AHA) Michigan chapter is working on a campaign, Voices for Healthy Kids- Healthy Food Fund Initiative (HFFI). Michigan Good Food Fund (MGFF) planning for launch.
2.  10/14 - MDARD receives on year, $100,000, USDA specialty corp block grant to study food safety needs of small scale farms.
3.  Farmers market provided guidance on cooking demonstrations from MDARD.
4.  Future committee topic to coordinate with Fair Food Network efforts.
5.  Future committee topic.  Study on needs of meat industry in Michigan released October, 2014 and being reviewed.
6.  MSU-CFRF New Local Food Policy Council Network coordinator, Megan Masson Minnock, MSU-CRFS
7.  Future committee topic. Study on need of meat industry in Michigan released October, 2014, currently being reviewed.


Who makes up the ICC?

ICC Food Policy subcommittee members:
Michigan Department of Education – Marla Moss
Michigan Department of Human Services – Dawn Sweeney 
Michigan Department of Community Health – Gwen Imes
Association of Food & Petroleum Dealers – Auday Arabo
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems – Rich Pirog
Michigan Food Bank Council - Dr. Phillip Knight
Good Food Charter Steering Committee – Kathryn Colasanti
Michigan Food & Farming Systems – Michelle Napier-Dunnings
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - Jeanne Hausler
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - Lori Yelton
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - Kevin Besey

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Time: 9:30-11:30
Location: Constitution Hall, 525 W. Allegan St.
Lansing MI 48933
4th Floor - North Tower - Dorothy Judd Conference Room
Agenda: January 26, 2016 Agenda

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - **CANCELLED**
 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Time: 9:30-11:30
Location: Constitution Hall, 525 W. Allegan St.
Lansing MI 48933
6th Floor - North Tower - Richard Van Deusen Conference Room
Agenda: Coming Soon!

Tuesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 9:30-11:30
Location: Constitution Hall, 525 W. Allegan St.
Lansing MI 48933
6th Floor - North Tower - Richard Van Deusen Conference Room
Agenda: Coming Soon!

Minutes from Previous Meetings


The Public is welcome to attend in person or call in; Please contact Lori Yelton at YeltonL@Michigan.gov if you are planning to attend since seating is limited. Call in option: 877-873-8018, PW: 3298940

Documents

For Questions, Michigan Food Policy Contact:

eMail: YeltonL@Michigan.gov
Phone: (517) 420-3249