Baltimore Food Policy Initiative
COVID-19 Emergency Food Response
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore Food Policy Initiative, Department of Planning, has developed an Emergency Food System Strategy. A COVID-19 Emergency Food Planning Team comprised of city agencies and critical nonprofit partners convened to guide the City's food security response. The strategy includes meal distributions, food distributions, increasing federal nutrition benefits, supporting community partners, and building up local food system resilience. The City continues to identify and assess the needs of residents and communities to leverage resources and implement strategies in the ongoing response of COVID-19. For more information and to find emergency food resources, visit https://coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov/food-distribution-sites
Overview of Baltimore Food Policy Initiative (BFPI)
The Baltimore Food Policy Initiative (BFPI) uses food as a catalyst to address health, economic, and environmental disparities in Healthy Food Priority Areas, areas where residents face compounded challenges in accessing healthy foods. To bring multiple perspectives to food system solutions, the Department of Planning, Office of Sustainability (BOS), Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), and Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) have been key agency leads. After nine years of growth and evolution, BFPI includes three pillars:
Understanding that food does not fit solely into one government agency, the City of Baltimore takes an interagency approach to increasing access to healthy, affordable food. With each agency lending its expertise, the City creates food access strategies and implements programs and policies with multi-sector support.