2nd Buffalo Food Policy Summit


The 2nd Buffalo Food Policy Summit features the following events. Click the images below to learn more about each event.

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The 2nd Buffalo Food Policy Summit built on the many successes of the 1st Buffalo Food Policy Summit convened in 2011 by The Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities – Buffalo Partnership. The partnership works to improve the health of Buffalonians through policy and environmental changes. One notable success is the creation in May 2013 of the Food Policy Council (FPC) of Buffalo and Erie County to act as an advisory body that provides expert guidance on policies to strengthen the local food system. The Food Policy Council is a sub-commission of the Erie County Board of Health.

It is a pivotal time for food work in Buffalo as various efforts seek to address food issues. Some of these initiatives include:

  • The Buffalo Green Code which overhauls Buffalo’s land use plan and 60-year-old zoning ordinance
  • The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council recognized food systems strategies as key economic development priorities for the region
  • One Region Forward regional planning initiative that is working to produce a detailed food access plan for Erie and Niagara counties

With the presence of the new Food Policy Council, our city and region’s policymakers will now have someone to turn to for sound counsel regarding food policy issues, but we need to build public awareness of the positive role an FPC can play. To that end, the HKHC-Buffalo Partnership, along with many other local partners, convened the 2nd Buffalo Food Policy Summit in October 2013. The goal of this summit was to inform local and regional policymakers, as well as residents, about how to engage the Food Policy Council to create a more just and sustainable food system.