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City Council PASSES revised Food Policy Action Plan on 11/28/17!

  Congrats and appreciations to the City of Asheville for passing the revised Food Policy Action Plan at tonight's City Council meeting! Many special thanks to the community and city leadership who helped bring this plan to fruition, and to the City's Office of Sustainability for their leadership. There were many contributors, editors, reviewers, and stakeholders who developed the plan and to each of them we send sincere gratitude for your work not only in shaping this road map, but also for the program and project work that you do on a daily basis that makes ambitious food system reform in our community possible. HERE is the report that ABFPC prepared for the Office of Sustainability and the City Manager's office to complete a year long contract from the city to develop recommendations for a revised plan. The report overview and approved plan (included) was incorporated into a revised resolution and recommended priority action steps.

Mountain Xpress blog post on candidates Forum

Asheville candidates belly up to the bar on food issues

Link to full post HERE

TALKING ABOUT FOOD: Asheville City Council and mayoral candidates gathered Oct. 30 at Lenoir-Rhyne University for a forum on food policy concerns.
TALKING ABOUT FOOD: Asheville City Council and mayoral candidates gathered Oct. 30 at Lenoir-Rhyne University for a forum on food policy concerns. Photo by Daniel Walton
Food was on the table Oct. 30 at the forum for Asheville City Council and mayoral candidates — both literally, with complimentary refreshments from Gypsy Queen Cuisine, and figuratively. Hosted by the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council, Bountiful Cities and Youth Empowered Solutions, the forum at Lenoir-Rhyne University attracted a sizable crowd eager to hear the candidates’ thoughts on food policy and security.   The topic is particularly timely given council’s recent revisiting of the Food Action Plan, first approved in 2013. Developed in cooperation with the ABFPC and Bountiful Cities, the plan directs the city to promote healthy food access and food sovereignty through changes to regulations, funding allocation and community partnerships. Council’s Planning & Economic Development Committee reviewed the new plan Oct. 17, with final approval by the full Council slated for Tuesday, Nov. 14.   Four questions were posed by moderators Ameena Batada, associate professor of health and wellness at UNC Asheville, and Crystal Guevara-Alday of the YES! youth staff. Following these prepared topics, the candidates were asked two questions from the audience. Each candidate received two minutes to answer each question.   In attendance were all of the Asheville City Council candidates: incumbent Gwen Wisler; minority economic development professional Dee Williams; financial adviser Rich Lee; community organizer Sheneika Smith; municipal budget consultant Vijay Kapoor; and piano teacher/bartender Kim Roney. Mayor Esther Manheimer was also present, but the chair designated for her opponent, waiter Martin Ramsey, sat vacant throughout the evening.

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Come celebrate 2017's food system accomplishments and kick off Food Policy Action Plan implementation.

The event is free and open to the public, childcare will be provided but we need to know you're coming~

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