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:
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.