142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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How local food policy is being used to advocate for farm to school initiatives

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 : 8:50 AM - 9:10 AM

Margaret Burke, MA , Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Communities around the country are concerned about their children’s diets.  At the local level, that concern often congregates in school settings because of the frequency of eating opportunities in schools. Federally mandated wellness policies help to shape some reforms at the district level.  Many jurisdictions have formed school food coalitions; others have taken a broader approach by participating in or forming a food policy council (FPC) to address the issue.  A 2012 study found that the second most popular policy topic that FPCs work on is procurement, primarily in school settings.  Advocates also promote and pass farm-to-school policies outside of councils or coalitions.  This presentation will give provide an overview of local farm to school policies and what kind of policies are best suited to local jurisdictions.  It will also give successful examples of how local food councils and coalitions are working on farm-to-school programs, in particular, how have they framed the discussion to focus on policy issues.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe local farm to school policy examples and how they are being used in different settings. Compare policy that happens within the context of a council or coalition and policy that occurs without that support. Discuss opportunities for introducing F2S policy in your setting with other audience members.

Keyword(s): Food Security, Public Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I work with food policy groups on local policy issues including farm to school.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.