Food Policy & Planning
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Morgan State University, in partnership with the City of Baltimore, released Open Access Baltimore, a free one-stop shop online portal for student and community food entrepreneurs to find and utilize local resources for capital, permitting and licensing, and training that will help them plan, launch, and grow their businesses in Baltimore. Baltimore now becomes the third city to release Open Access, following on the heels of Open Access DC and Open Access Philadelphia.
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Food Policy Leadership and Strategy
The Food Policy and Planning Division is led by the Food Policy Director and staffed by a Food Access, a Food Resilience, and a Food Systems Planner. This division oversees the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative (BFPI), which has three pillars - interagency collaboration, the Food Policy Action Coalition (Food PAC), and Resident Food Equity Advisors (RFEA). Together, these efforts seek to build an equitable and resilient urban food system by addressing health, economic and environmental disparities in areas that have high food insecurity.
FOOD SYSTEMS APPROACH:
- Use policy to create a more equitable food system: By integrating food across government, and engaging in equitable research, strategic planning, and policy co-creation with residents.
- Increase resilience at household, community, and food system levels: By addressing acute food insecurity, building long-term food resilience, and righting power imbalances in the food system.
- Strengthen and amplify the local food economy: By implementing “Good Food Procurement” standards, supporting local food-based businesses, and promoting food recovery.
- Create ag land-use policies that encourage urban farms and local food production: By identifying City-owned land suitable for farming; developing land tenure and pathways to ownership; promoting safe, environmentally sustainable, and socially responsible production; and supporting growers to create financially viable urban agriculture.