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The following websites are useful resources with an abundance of information on food policy councils and food systems work.

General Food Policy Council

Food Policy Network – The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future’s Food Policy Networks (FPN) project supports the development of effective state and local food policy through networking, capacity building, research, and technical assistance.

They have an excellent resource database, nationwide map of food policy councils, and training opportunities.

Growing Food Connections – This partnership, with a focus on local governments and planning departments, aims to enhance community food security while ensuring sustainable and economically viable agriculture and food production. The project will build the capacity of local governments and their partners to create, implement and sustain food system plans and policies that simultaneously promote access to healthy, affordable and culturally acceptable food and foster a viable agricultural sector in their communities. 

They host a great policy database of local public policies that support community food systems.

Public Health Law Center, Food Policy Council Resources

Food First- Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned

Economic Development

USDA The Economics of Local Food Systems Toolkit – Released in 2016, the USDA released this resource to help communities reliably evaluate the economic impact of investing in local and regional food systems.

NC Local Food Economies – Local Food Economies (LFE) is an initiative of CEFS’ NC Growing Together (NCGT) project. NCGT is a five year USDA-funded project that aims to bring more locally-produced foods into mainstream markets, strengthening the economics of small to mid-sized farm and fishing operations and their communities.  

Infographics and County Local Food & Farms Profiles – These County and Council of Government based Local Food and Farms factsheets are designed for economic developers, planners, local food advocates, and community members to understand their geography’s place in the multi-billion dollar NC agricultural industry. The economic indicators provided here can help local governments as they design ways to support agricultural businesses as key components of vibrant and resilient local economies.

County-Level Economic, Health, and Environmental Data

North Carolina County Health Rankings and Roadmaps – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation posts annual updates to the County Health Rankings in all 100 North Carolina counties. 

North Carolina Justice Center Economic Snapshots by County – The North Carolina Justice Center’s Budget & Tax Center releases annual economic snapshots by county for all 100 North Carolina counties. The snapshots utilize several different economic data points to analyze growth across industries.

Western North Carolina Vitality Index – The Western North Carolina Vitality Index is maintained by UNCA’s NEMAC (National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center). It contains economic, environmental, social, and built capital information for the 27 western counties in NC.