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

Finance Fund Study Highlights Need For Healthy Food Financing In Ohio

A recent study from Finance Fund highlights the need for a statewide financing program in Ohio that would encourage the development of healthy food retail in the communities that need it most.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Community Food Assessment

Ohio First Lady, Ohio Department of Agriculture Accepting Nominations for 2014 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Awards

Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich and Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced they are accepting nominations for the 2014 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Awards.  The award program is administered through the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Office of the First Lady.  “Strong women have helped make the food and agriculture industry what it is today,” said Mrs. Kasich. “I am honored to be part of this program that highlights the achievements of several noteworthy, amazing Ohio women.” Nominations must be submitted by Sept.... Read more »

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 »

FPC is Hiring!

With Erika's recent departure we are looking for a new staff person for the Food Policy Coalition. All details about the position and how to apply are below and in this position summary. Note: You must apply online through OSU at Please share this job announcement with anyone and everyone you think might be interested in working with the coalition. Thank you in advance for helping FPC get the word out!... Read more »

A Note from Erika Meschkat of FPC

Dear Coalition Members, 

I recently finished my last day working for Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County and I am now preparing a move for graduate school to pursue a MBA.... Read more »

Cuyahoga County Agricultural Census Snapshot

posted by Erika Meschkat

written by Nicole Wright, OSU Extension, Cuyahoga County

2014 NEO Farmers' Market listing

Thanks to Debbi Snook of the Cleveland Plain Dealer for keeping our inventory of farmers' markets fresh and together year after year. Check out all the markets in NEO by county and see when they are open and what forms of payments they accept, like Produce Perks and Carrot Cash SNAP incentives! Access the full list here.