Cuyahoga County

FPC Releases Community Food Guide

The newly released FPC Community Food Guide provides local residents and families with a comprehensive overview of healthy and local food in Cuyahoga County, including useful tips for buying and eating healthy and local food on a budget, fun activities for families and communities that will excite kids to try new fruits and vegetables, and a guide to buying seasonal Ohio fruits and vegetables.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition
Working Group(s): 
Local Purchasing

Healthy Cleveland Update

The Healthy Cleveland initiative has received some additional support over the past few months with the addition of a new leadership team at the Cleveland Department of Public Health including Director Toinette Parrilla, Commissioner Myron Bennett, and Healthy Cleveland Program Manager Rachael Sommer, formerly Executive Assistant to Councilman Joe... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

Potential Changes to Livestock Zoning Laws in Two NEO Communities

Major changes could be coming to one Cleveland neighborhood seeking to enhance community self-sufficiency by changing livestock zoning laws. Last week, Lakewood City Council’s Housing Committee resolved three issues regarding legislation that would create a pilot program to allow residents to raise hens in their backyards.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Community Food Assessment
Working Group(s): 
Land Use & Planning

City of Cleveland and FPC Release Food Business Cluster Roadmap

The City of Cleveland and FPC have released the findings from the Sustainable Foods Business Cluster Roadmap - a five-year plan with a core objective to increase regional jobs, revenue and sustainability by supporting local food and beverage businesses.  The roadmap takes a closer look at the food business cluster as a 'geographic concentration  of interconnected businesses, suppliers, service providers, and associated institutions' all related in some way to the food industry.... Read more »

USDA partners with Market Link to make SNAP acceptance an easier process for farmers and farmers' markets!

May 1st, 2014 marks the start of another season of Produce Perks at Cuyahoga County farmers' markets. We are currently planning to reach out to markets in Cuyahoga that do not already accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance - food stamps) to offer them the technical assistance to do so. For any markets that are interested in SNAP, we are happy to assist in the process in order to participate in Perks this 2014 season.... Read more »

Congratulations to South Euclid School District, 2014 USDA F2S Grant recipients!

Yesterday, the USDA shared a press release detailing the recipients of the 2014 Farm to School grants provided to districts across the US. In Cuyahoga County, South Euclid recieved a large implementation grant that will help them build on their current efforts to source locally grown food for their students' meals. Last year, Cleveland Metropolitan School District received the Farm to School grant from USDA for a planning grant that established OSUE and FPC as partners.

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Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

Food hubs across the nation-new study examines leading models and best practices

Food hubs often encompass all or several of the missing link(s) necessary to better faciliate the process of bringing local foods from farm to fork. I like to think of them as the physical places that are home to every "sticky point" in the food economy or the critical components of the food system (production, aggregation, processing, distribution, consumption, waste).... Read more »

Produce Prescription

Program Details

Through the Produce Perks incentive program, FPC has established relationships with several farmers’ markets in Cuyahoga County to better connect low-income residents to healthy, local food. A 2012 FPC survey of farmers’ market participating in ... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

FPC Working with Bush Consulting on the Sustainable Food Business Cluster Project

FPC in partnership with the City of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability will be working with Bush Consulting of Salem, Ohio to complete an analysis and roadmap of the food business cluster in Northeast Ohio with a focus on Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.  Brookings Institution defines clusters as "geographic concentrations of interconnected businesses, suppliers, service providers, and associated institutions in a particular sector." After a competitive review process by a selection committee... Read more »

2013 Produce Perks EBT Incentive Application

The FPC is currently accpeting applications for farmers' markets and farm stands in Cuayhgoa County to participate in the 2013 Produce Perks EBT Incentive. The program will kick off in May 2013 and run until April 2014 (or while funds last). Applications are due (preferably submitted by email) by Monday, March 25th.

Please contact FPC with any questions regarding the program, the application process, and deadline.

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition