Food Security Council

The Food Policy Council will identify and analyze the nature, scope, and causes of food insecurity in Michigan. The Council will identify and assess evidence-based policies to decrease food insecurity both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, analyze the return on investment to policies that decrease food insecurity, and review and make recommendations regarding how resources and efforts can be best coordinated, implemented, and effectively supplemented. The Council must prepare and submit a report within 90 days of appointment related to the impacts of COVID-19 on food security and a final report to the Governor within 18 months. The Council will dissolve 90 days after the issuance of the final report.

 

Statute:  Executive Order 2020-167

 

Contact Person:

Joshua Rivera

ESA Policy Director

RiveraJ4@Michigan.gov

 

Stacy Houghtaling

Administrative Assistant

HoughtalingS@Michigan.gov

 

Current Members:

Phillip Knight, Fenton - Chair

 

Delicia Pruitt, Bay City

 

Kim Edsenga, Grand Rapids

 

Ken Nobus, St. Johns

 

Javier "Alex" Canepa, Ann Arbor

 

Wade Syers, Muskegon

 

Patrice Brown, Detroit

 

Dawn Medley, Bay City

 

Tammy Rosa, Gladstone

 

Todd Regis, Flat Rock

 

Michelle Schulte, Suttons Bay

 

Amy Baker, Pentwater

 

Juan Escareno, Detroit

 

Pam Yager, Okemos

 

Laurie Solotorow, Birmingham

 

Diana Marin, Ann Arbor

 

Lew Rubal, Designee of the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services

 

Diane Golzynski, Designee of the Superintendent of Public Insstruction of the Michigan Department of Education

 

Kim Trent, Designee of the Director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

 

Jamie Zmitko-Somer, Designee of the Director of the Department if Agriculture and Rural Development

 

Non-Voting Members, each nominated from members of the legislature:

Senator Kevin Daley, nominee of the Senate Majority Leader

Representative Pauline Wendzel, nominee of the Speaker of the House

Senator Winnie Brinks, nominee of the Senate Minority Leader

Representative Angela Witwer, nominee of the House Minority Leader