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File #: 180257.    Version: Name: Food Policy, Food Economy and Urban Agriculture
Type: Staff Recommendation Status: Passed
File created: 8/3/2018 In control: General Policy Committee
On agenda: 3/14/2019 Final action: 3/14/2019
Title: “Gainesville’s Food Systems: A Community Conversation” Update (B)
Attachments: 1. 180257A_Food Policy Workshop Agenda_20190314.pdf, 2. 180257B_Feb 12 Presentation PPT_20190314.pdf, 3. 180257C_Feb 12 Opening Slides_PPT_20190314.pdf, 4. 180257D - Summary Report - Food Policy Workshop_20190314.pdf, 5. 180257E - March 14 - Update Presentation_20190314.pdf
“Gainesville’s Food Systems: A Community Conversation” Update (B)


On August 2, 2018, a new referral was made at the City Commission Meeting on the matter of the Food Policy, Food Economy & Urban Agriculture Group. The motion to add limited staffing to help with the work / goals of the Food Policy, Food Economy, and Urban Agriculture group passed unanimously among the six Commissioners present (Mayor Poe was absent). In a second motion, it was agreed that this topic would be addressed at the GPC meeting on April 20, 2019. The catalyst for these motions was the increasing concerns that citizens and community stakeholders were voicing to the City Commissioners regarding the issues of food accessibility and food insecurity existing in Gainesville. In the summer of 2018 Commissioners Johnson, Arreola, and Ward responded by convening regular ‘Food Policy’ special topic meetings that were open to the public. At these meetings residents, stakeholders, and commissioners shared ideas and concerns regarding food policy issues in Gainesville.

At the City Commission meeting on August 16, 2018, it was recommended that Food Policy be discussed at the next GPC meeting in September. At the GPC meeting on September 27, 2018 this item was discussed by the City Commission and a motion was passed that directed staff to engage UF in jointly scheduled public community meetings where UF, City, and community stakeholders would participate in a discussion around issues of food accessibility and food security in Gainesville. The Mayor agreed to send a letter / invitation out to community residents and organizations to promote community engagement in these meetings.

Since October 2018, staff in the Department of Strategic Initiatives have engaged in a community-based participatory research process to bring a more diverse population of residents and local stakeholders into the discussion of food accessibility issues. Interviews and informal focus groups have...

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