What is the New Haven Food Policy Council?

The New Haven Food Policy Council is a volunteer advisory council to the City of New Haven. Our eleven Council members are New Haven residents, appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Board of Aldermen, to address issues relating to our local and regional food system, including: hunger, obesity, education, food business development, growing food, and environmental impacts, as well as the connection of individuals, communities, businesses and local government to these issues.  More information, including a list of our Council members, is available at our web page:  cityofnewhaven.com/Government/FoodCouncil

The New Haven Food Policy Council meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 8:00-9:45am at City Hall, meeting room #1. Our meetings are open to the public. We welcome your participation!

Our Mission

The mission of the New Haven Food Policy Council is to build and maintain a food system that nourishes all people in a just and sustainable manner.

Our Goals

To improve our food system by:

  1. Advocating and advising on food policy and implementation.
  2. Building community around food through coalitions, and fostering cooperation between community groups, residents and city offices to improve all aspects of our food environment.
  3. Establishing strategies that effectively address food access, availability, hunger, obesity, economic development, urban agriculture, food waste and nutritional and food education.
  4. Developing strategies to enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health of the City of New Haven.
  5. Educating residents and community leaders about our local food system and food related issues in our communities.

What is a Food Policy Council?

A food policy council strengthens the local food system through strategic connections.  Your local food system is the network uniting all aspects of the production and consumption of food.  It includes farms, distributors, and retail stores as well as emergency service providers. Since access and distribution are essential for the food system, transportation plays an important role. A food policy council ensures relationships between these sectors for improved collaboration on food related issues. Council members can be grocers, restaurant owners, chefs, anti-hunger advocates, farmers, wholesalers and distributors, food processors, government employees, environmentalists, school system representatives, non-profit employees, community and religious leaders, scholars and concerned citizens.

Submission Guidelines

Guest blog post submissions to the Feed New Haven blog are welcome and encouraged, and essential to keep it running. Please adhere to the following guidelines to submit content to this blog, and note that all content will be reviewed for approval prior to publishing.

  1. The objective of the Feed New Haven blog is to increase visibility to Greater New Haven’s food movement and to create a voice for the New Haven community around food.  Therefore, items contributed must be relevant to the food movement or food system improvement in the Greater New Haven community. By way of example, we propose to highlight activities that support Food Action Plan strategies, such as the efforts and feedback of participants involved in food education and cooking classes, hunger relief efforts, urban agriculture, composting and food business; event announcements and their impact on these issues; and policy/advocacy efforts that could affect our work. In pursuit of this objective, Feed New Haven welcomes diverse perspectives, and prioritizes inclusive conversation.
  2. Submissions should not be commercially promotional in nature (i.e., sales incentives, special offers, discounts, etc.).
  3. Submissions should focus on one topic or event and be written clearly and concisely for a wide audience. A strong blog post is written in a compelling and interesting manner to engage the reader. Personal reflections and stories, and connections to what is happening in our city, nationally or globally including embedded links to other websites, blogs, and partner organizations will make your post stronger.
  4. Submissions can range from a few sentences to a number of paragraphs. We would prefer that most post stay under 900 words, but will consider longer posts.  There is no minimum limit for content; in fact, short, meaningful posts are encouraged.
  5. Blog posts should be submitted as a Word document with hyperlinks embedded in the post.
  6. Please check spelling, grammar and punctuation before you submit your posts.
  7. Whenever possible, blog posts should incorporate multimedia features, including embedded videos, images and infographics, to provide compelling and easily digestible content for readers. Images should be smaller than 25MB and videos should be no longer than a few minutes in length.
  8. Please include your full name, affiliation to a local group or agency, if any, and an email and telephone number so that we can verify information you provide, if needed.
  9. While a blog can be a forum for constructive civil discourse, we discourage posts that are derogatory towards any particular person or organization.
  10. When submitting a guest blog post for publication, please ensure you represent that the content does not violate the rights of any third parties, that it is entirely your own work and that it acknowledges any sources necessary to its development.
  11. Members of the New Haven Food Policy Council reserve the right to edit content submitted and to reject publication of any content, based on our sole discretion.