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File #: 180257.    Version: Name: Food Policy, Food Economy and Urban Agriculture
Type: Discussion Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 8/3/2018 In control: General Policy Committee
On agenda: 2/24/2022 Final action: 2/24/2022
Title: Local Food System Action Plan - Key Project Updates and Discussion (B)
Attachments: 1. 180257_A_Food Waste Diversion Survey - Donation Recipients_20220224.pdf, 2. 180257_B_Food Waste Diversion Survey - Food Generating Businesses_20220224.pdf, 3. 180257_C_Food Waste Diversion Surveys_Data Summaries_20220224.pdf, 4. 180257_D_Local Food System Project Updates_20220224.pdf
Local Food System Action Plan - Key Project Updates and Discussion (B)

On 12/3/2020 the City Commission approved a motion to host and participate in a workshop held on January 12, 2021, to hear staff present and update on the Local Food System Action Plan, and to engage in a discussion with staff around the next steps. The topics discussed in this workshop centered around possible projects that the City Commission may consider investing in to improve our local food system, and recommendations and feedback shared with staff by city neighbors over the past two years. The workshop presentation was also informed by the motion passed at the Joint City/County Commission meeting on 12/15/2020 when item #200604 “Collaborative Community Food Projects” was presented by City Commissioner Johnson and County Commissioner Prizzia.

The discussion around the Local Food System Action Plan and potential projects continued at the 2/25/2021 General Policy Committee meeting, at which time a motion passed detailing direction for staff to work on a Community Grocery Store Initiative. This initiative, as well as others passed in the 12/15/2020 Joint City/County motion and continued to be discussed on 3/29/2021, at a subsequent Joint City/County meeting. During the 3/29/2021 Joint City/County meeting, a motion was passed that called for the formation of a Joint City/County Local Food System Policy Board to focus on collaborative community food projects. An interlocal agreement between the City and County to establish this Joint Board was passed by both parties with the chair seated with the County. The Joint Board has met monthly since August 2021, and city staff continues to participate in developing plans for the next steps on collaborative community food projects.

In addition, City staff continue to work internally on food access-related projects specific to the City of Gainesville.

The presentation included in this agenda item aims to provide the City Co...

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