Forging a team for HEALth in Central!

While the Food Policy Coalition aims to operate within a broader regional realm, a focus on healthy eating policies and programs in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood has been undertaken by the FPC. HEAL (Healthy Eating/Active Living), an initiative developed by The Sisters of Charity Foundation, aims to promote equitable and adequate access to fresh, healthy food for Central residents, encourage better eating behaviors, and increase physical activity outlets in order to stifle the upsurge of preventable diseases that affect residents in the community and diminish quality of life.... Read more »

Ohio EPA Proposes Changes to the Regulations for Food Waste Composting

From the Ohio EPA:

During the last year, Ohio EPA released draft revisions to the composting rules and received comments from a diverse group of stakeholders.  Ohio EPA believes the comments received helped improve the rules in a manner that is protective of the environment while making easier for citizens to compost and for new composting businesses to get started. Other changes should provide existing facilities with increased flexibility for achieving compliance and innovate with alternative materials.... Read more »

Regional Leaders Get Together to Talk Food Policy in Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Food Policy Council is hosting a Food Policy Council Symposium to gather regional food policy council and community members for a day of peer learning.  The event will take place on Thursday December 8 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.  The Symposium is themed “Working Together to Strengthen Our Food Systems.”... Read more »

Cleveland Farmers Markets Selected for marketumbrella Study

Cleveland has been selected as one of three cities nationally who will be participating in economic impact study in partnership with, a New Orleans based organization, manages farmers' markets in New Orleans, and is developing a national community of public market practioners along with several tools to measure market success in terms of human, social, a... Read more »

Cleveland Welcomes Samuel Adams and ACCION USA’s Microloan Program for Food Businesses

Samuel Adams, together with ACCION USA, is bringing their microloan program, Brewing the American Dream, to Cleveland.  They are offering loans to local entrepreneurs in the food, beverage and hospitality industry and are currently accepting applications from small businesses in all lifecycles, from start-ups to established businesses.... Read more »

FPC Forum on Ohio Food Distribution Study

Thank you to everyone who came to the FPC community forum on food distribution in Ohio yesterday!... Read more »

FPC Internship Opportunity

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition in seeking an intern to provide support to the coalition, its research, policy initiatives, and projects.  The application deadline is April 1, 2011.  For more information and to download an application go to The OSU Extension website.

Cleveland City Council Introduces Healthy Cleveland Resolution

The City of Cleveland and Mayor Frank Jackson have set some big, audacious policy goals for 2011 that could impact the health of Cleveland residents for years to come.  Introduced on Monday night, the Healthy Cleveland Resolution (No.... Read more »

USDA Report Ranks Ohio 8th in Percentage of Food Insecure Households

The United States Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service releases an annual report, "USDA's Household Food Security in the United States".  This report quantifies the number of households in the nation and by state that are food insecure.  The USDA defines food security and food insecurity as follows:... Read more »

Hawken Students Complete Food Audits in Glenville

The Health and Nutrition Working Group collaborated with a group of Hawken School students to complete an inventory of all of the food retail outlets in the Glenville neigbborhood of Cleveland on December 2nd.  This group of high school students is completing a semester class that focused on local food and food systems.  They visited Local Roots in Wooster, Hartzler's Dairy, a regional poultry p... Read more »