Get Involved!

Do you have experience you’d like to share on a food-related issue? Would you like to represent your community in a more engaged way?

The Food Policy Board working groups need community participants to inform policy recommendations for a healthy and equitable local food system. If you’re interested in joining a working group, contact the board liaison for more information.

Working Groups:

  • Support Farms & Farmers, contact: Chair Felipe Camacho — This group develops policies and procedures to preserve existing farmland and increase access to new farmland for farmers from diverse backgrounds, communities, and skillsets.

  • Build Opportunities for Food Entrepreneurs, contact: Chair Sharon Mays — This group works to ensure a comprehensive and accessible set of codes, ordinances, policies, rules, and incentives throughout Austin and Travis County to stimulate a thriving community-based food system.

  • Healthy Food Access to All Communities, contact: Chair Andrea Abel — This group uses advocacy and researched-based policy to encourage greater access to healthy food, as well as educational opportunities to support a secure food future for all.

  • Food and Climate, contact: Chair Karen Magid  — This group works to quantify the carbon footprint of food and agriculture activities in Austin-Travis County to provide solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, sequestering atmospheric carbon, and building a resilient food system for all Austin residents.

  • COVID-19 Food System Response, contact: Chair Karen Magid — This group is meeting virtually to discuss COVID-19's impact on the food system and develop a strategic response. The group is discussing a range of issues, including minimizing food loss and improving the economic, workforce, and health and safety conditions in our food system during the global pandemic. The group meets every Monday from 1-2 pm. Please contact Karen Magid for virtual meeting details.

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