|Plan Region||Los Angeles (2010)|
|Reviewed for Accuracy by Author(s)||Yes|
|PDF Attachment||View Full Report|
|Plan Title||Good Food For All Agenda: Creating a New Regional Food System for Los Angeles|
|Webpage||Los Angeles Food Policy Council Website|
|Authors||Los Angeles Food Policy Task Force, Los Angeles city government, and Roots of Change non-profit|
|Author Type||Cross sector Food Policy Task Force convened by the Mayor’s office (membership included non-profit, government, and for profit stakeholders across the food system spectrum.)|
|Funding Sources||Municipal Government|
|Funders||City of Los Angeles, through the Fresh Food Access Program funded by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, and task force members.|
|Total Project Budget||Not easily quantified – “funds” were time from key staff within the LA Mayor’s office and time and resources from task force members. The plan was produced on a volunteer and pro bono basis.|
|Plan Goals||To create a “framework for moving a more extensive dialogue forward” (p. 53) in creating a “Good Food” system. Good Food refers to healthy, affordable, fair, and sustainable food. The goal of this project is to ensure that everyone has access to Good Food, improved public health, access to quality jobs, increased equity, and improved environmental sustainability within the region.|
A Good Food System includes the following elements:1. “Prioritizes the health and well-being of our residents”;2. “Makes healthy, high quality food affordable”;3. “Contributes to a thriving economy where all participants in the food supply chain receive fair compensation and fair treatment”;4. “Protects and strengthens our biodiversity and natural resources throughout the region”;5. “Ensures that Good Food is accessible to all” (p. 11).
|Intended Audience||Government, policymakers, community members|
|Plan Recommendation Structure||The recommendation structure provides 55 action steps and organizes them into six priority action areas, strategies to reach the action areas, and recommended “first steps” to take to reach these goals.|
The priority action areas include: 1. Promote a “Good Food” Economy (Good Food is defined as healthy, affordable, fair, and sustainable);2. Build a Market for Good Food;3. Eliminate Hunger in Los Angeles;4. Ensure Equal Access to Good Food in Underserved Communities;5. Grow Good Food in our neighborhoods;6. Inspire and mobilize Good Food champions.
Priority action areas were identified by taking into account several considerations, such as:1. Leveraging existing resources;2. Synergy;3. Scale of benefit;4. Timeframe;5. Actions are not all one size fits all;6. Justice;7. Community participation in food system decision-making;8. Flexibility and creativity (p. 51-52).
|Catalyst for Plan||Mayor’s office initiative|
|Creation Process||Task force convened in November 2009. They designed a process to include community voices in this project and held several working sessions to create an outline of a plan. |
They also worked with Roots of Change as a consulting organization, to help host three LA Urban-Rural Roundtable events and present the results to a larger convening. Following this, they held seven listening sessions, one community dialogue, and one funder’s briefing. Once meetings closed, the Task Force developed a framework for moving forward as the first step, understanding the second step will mobilize a cross-sectoral “regional movement to advance and implement the Good Food Agenda” (p. 14). The project was intended to be a living document that will shift over time and aimed to move a more extensive dialogue forward around cultivating a Good Food System.
|Theoretical Framework, if any||N/A|
|Theoretical Framework: Literature||Unspecified|
|Development Timeline||9 months|
|Implementation Strategy||This plan includes broad overarching recommendations within each outlined priority action area as a means of implementation. For example, “Convene public, private, and non-profit partners to develop plans for a Los Angeles Regional Food Hub” (p. 18).|
Additionally, this plan outlines critical next steps:
“Track 1: City-County Reach for the “Low-Hanging Fruit” (p. 84). This includes City and County elected leaders, department heads, and others within government to work with policy makers and accomplish “quick wins” to build momentum. This also includes “implementing policy changes to: 1) break down silos, 2) share information, and 3) discuss how departments can work in coordination” (p. 84).
“Track 2: Establish a Food Policy Council to Strengthen the Good Food For All Agenda.”
Priority next steps include the establishment of an LA Food Policy Council (LAFPC) along with proposed organizing principles and a call for ongoing funding.
|Implementation Timeline||Formation of an LA Food Policy Council by Fall 2010 (2 months after publication).|
|International Development Framework(s)||None|
|Current Plan Status||Updated|
|Government Adoption Status||Not Adopted|
|Government Adoption Status (Notes)||While not officially adopted by LA city government, the plan was endorsed by Mayor Villaraigosa, who subsequently authorized the establishment of the LAFPC and the Office of Food Policy as part of the Mayor’s office. |
The Mayor later adopted the Good Food Purchasing Program via Executive Order. The Good Food Purchasing Program came out of this plan as an action step, and its adoption was the result of direct advocacy and efforts from the LAFPC. The Executive Order for GFPP was signed October 24, 2012.
|Supplemental Documents (to be attached within the AirTable)||N/A|