The Washtenaw County Food Policy Council (WFPC) is an advisory subcommittee of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners that increases and preserves access to safe, local and healthy food for all residents of Washtenaw County.
The WFPC believes food is a basic human right and a core part of our society. We believe the laws and rules that shape our food system are rooted in white supremacy and must evolve. To work towards a more equitable food system, the WFPC prioritizes policies and projects that promote equity for groups that have been systemically excluded.
The WFPC originated from a discussion during meetings of the Food System Economic Partnership’s Policy Committee. After seeing the rise of Food Policy Councils around the country, committee members saw a growing need for the same unifying structure in Washtenaw County. Their original idea gained further traction after Washtenaw County Health Department was able to secure grant funding for the development of a Food Policy Council. With this support, the Policy Committee was able to move this idea further and secured recognition from the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in the winter of 2012.
Attend a Policy Action Team meeting or consider leading a team that is not currently active.
Apply for a seat on the WFPC. Applications are not currently being accepted, check back in the fall for more information! Requirements for Council Members include:
Attend Council meetings (typically held the second Wednesday of the off months from 9am-11am)
Represent the Washtenaw County Food Policy Council
Participate in a committee and/or a Policy Action Team
Live or work in Washtenaw County
All meetings will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of every other month starting in January from 9am-11am unless otherwise indicated. Washtenaw County Food Policy Council meetings are open to the public. All meetings start with a public comment period for the public to share information with us.
This Council is meeting remotely via Zoom until otherwise posted. See Zoom information and all 2023 meeting dates here.