About the FSC

Project Overview:

The California Endowment has funded Valley Vision to facilitate the formation of a collaborative of public, private, and nonprofit stakeholder groups in the 6-county Capital Region to inform and influence policy initiatives relevant to the regional food system including: food security and food access, land use planning, local food purchasing plans, and rural economic development. By virtue of its membership and access to local, regional, state, and federal policy makers – including linkage with the Rural Urban Connections Strategy or RUCS project – this Food System Collaborative (FSC) will improve access to healthy, culturally-appropriate food for all residents, support the viability of producers, and contribute to healthy community design outcomes that improve social and physical environments. The methodology and approach will be replicable to benefit other areas of California in similar need. 

By establishing goals in the following areas: food access, agriculture sustainability, and education, the Food System Collaborative is working to integrate a regional food policy that 1) prioritizes the elimination of health disparities, and 2) ensures sustainable food access to low income communities in regional and state planning efforts that have the potential to impact the regional food system. Relevant initiatives and planning efforts include those focused on:

  • food access and food security
  • land use planning
  • local food purchasing plans
  • rural economic development.

Purpose:

The aim of the Sacramento Regional Food System Collaborative is to support the integration of a regional food policy that prioritizes the elimination of health disparities and ensures sustainable food access to low income communities in RUCS, the Blueprint, and other relevant regional and state planning efforts with the potential to impact the regional food system. 


Desired Outcomes:

  1. Increased understanding of the issues, concerns, current and prospective policy changes, and factors affecting food access/security for low-income individuals and communities, and the commitment and resources of stakeholders to support regional food systems as evidenced by a written report summarizing 30 stakeholder interviews.

  2. Increased collaboration among food access/security stakeholders to create a regional food policy as evidenced by key stakeholders participating in monthly convenings of the FSC, and the identification of actions that will reduce the barriers to healthy, culturally-appropriate food for low income residents, support the viability of producers, and contribute to healthy community design outcomes.

  3. Increased linkages among local food access/security stakeholders and regional and state planning efforts that have the potential to impact regional food systems to more equitably reflect the needs of low income individuals and communities as evidenced by the participation of state agencies and FSC member engagement within statewide initiatives, State Blueprint planning initiatives, and other planning efforts .

  4. Food security /access policy issues for low income individuals and communities will be recognized as a critical component of existing and new regional strategies as evidenced by participation of FSC members in the decision making and planning of RUCS, the Blueprint and other relevant regional and state planning initiatives; written document of recommendations of the FSC; and implementation of an external communication strategy to key decision makers, stakeholders and the general public.

 

For more information about the Sacramento Region Food System Collaborative, please contact Robyn Krock at robyn.krock@valleyvision.org. For more information about Valley Vision, please visit www.valleyvision.org.