National Food Policy Updates

Since the beginning of the new year, the farm bill, AKA the Agriculture Act of 2014, has officially been signed into law. After over a year of delays, the act will finally institute updates to food related policy affecting agriculture, conservation programs, and food assistance programs.... Read more »

Interventions to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables

As we work to put together a 2013 report on Double Value Produce Perks program at farmers' markets - FPC has been looking at several resources that can communicate the impact of Cuyahoga, our region, and the state on increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income residents.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

School Wellness Policies Proposed by First Lady & USDA around marketing to children

Back when the USDA Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was enacted in 2010, school districts were mandated to create local wellness policies to address nutrition education and physical activity standards. Just recently, the USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama announced that these policies being developed by districts across the country should also focus on health messaging and the removal of junk food marketing in classrooms and cafeterias at schools - targeted of course to children.... Read more »

2014 Produce Perks application available NOW! Deadline: March 21, 2014!

Calling all Cuyahoga County farmers' markets! Interested in participating in Produce Perks this 2014 markets season (May 01, 2014-April 20, 2015)? Please download and fill out this fillable pdf application and send it back to us at the Coalition (meschkat [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu) by Friday March 21, 2014 5pm.

Call 216-429-8200 x212 for any questions concerning the program and application process! 

Our local representatives reactions to passing of new federal farm bill

With the passing of the federal farm bill after 3 years of debate-FPC has been receiving many statements through our local representatives' newsletters based on the final conferenced bill.

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, in her February 4th newsletter:

The House and Senate have passed a Farm Bill that wi... Read more »

Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Detroit Public Schools Explore Opportunities to Purchase More Local Produce

Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Food Policy Coalition have been continuing their work with School Food FOCUS and the six other large, urban school districts in the Upper Midwest Regional Learning Lab.  FOCUS just released a new report, Eating Our Peas and Carrots: Strategies for Expanding K-12 Access to Fruits and Vegetables through Supply Chain Innovation and Investment.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Local Purchasing

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 »

Agriculture Sustainability Institute at UC Davis releases resources for urban ag impacts

 The UC Sustainable Agriculture and Education Program and UC Agriculture and Natural Resource Division (UC ANR) are embarking on efforts to build capacity within UC ANR’s programs to serve urban farmers and urban agriculture policy makers.  Through a UC ANR competitive grant, UC SAREP created several resources to make current research on impacts accessible to urban agriculture practitioners.... Read more »

Strategic Planning Update – Check Out Data About The FPC!

Above see an image from the FPC Strategic Planning Retreat, as well as a graphic of the most popular terms that came up when FPC strategic planning retreat attendees were asked to define FPC’s values, and core attributes.... Read more »

Farm Bill Update - Will Be Pushed Back Until 2014

In another twist of Farm Bill fate, the bill remains un-passed as congress adjourns for their holiday break. Although the bill is more than 1 year over-due, the Senate and House were still unable to reach a compromise on the Farm Bill by the 2013 year’s end. Hanging in the balance are crop subsidy programs, land conservation programs, as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), whose funding has been strung along with a series of extensions and emergency funding streams.... Read more »