About Us

Overview of Baltimore Food Policy Initiative (BFPI)

The Food Policy and Planning Division oversees Baltimore Food Policy Initiative (BFPI) and 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:

BFPI Organizational Overview

Interagency Collaboration

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. 

Interagency Collaboration on Food


Baltimore Food Policy Initiative
Food Policy and Planning

Department of Planning 
417 E. Fayette Street, 8th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

Staff Biographies

Taylor LaFave
Chief of Food Policy and Planning | Food Policy Director                                                              TaylorR.LaFave@baltimorecity.gov

Lindsay Adams
Food Resilience Planner                                                                                                                     Lindsay.Adams@baltimorecity.gov

Yewande Akinkuowo
Food Access Planner                                                                                                                         Yewande.Akinkuowo@baltimorecity.gov

Najahla Olumiji
Food Systems Planner                                                                                                                       Najahla.Olumiji@baltimorecity.gov

Jessica Fink
Food Policy Data Fellow                                                                                                                     Jessica.Fink@baltimorecity.gov

Nzingha Campbell
Food Policy Fellow                                                                                                                           Nzingha.campbell@baltimorecity.gov