Food Equity

Resident Food Equity Advisors

Resident Food Equity Advisors (RFEA) are Baltimore residents who influence and advise the City’s Healthy Food Environment Strategy, policies and plans. Advisors are selected through an application and interview process and will meet with policymakers and officials to learn about and provide vision and input to the policy and planning strategies of the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative (BFPI).

The 2018 Food Environment Maps show that corner and convenience stores have very low Healthy Food Availability Index (HFAI) scores. In response to these findings and feedback from 2017 advisors, the 2018 RFEA cohort will discuss these stores from multiple angles, including legislation, zoning and land use, safety and security, community engagement, and business support. Advisors will help BFPI create strategies and a policy agenda around corner and convenience stores.

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Key Responsibilities and Commitment:

  • Attend RFEA meetings twice a month, March through May, and one final meeting in June.
  • Each meeting will last approximately 2.5 hours
  • Maintain communication with BFPI staff (meetings, phone, email, etc.)
  • Engage with your community outside of meetings to gather feedback and input (i.e., 2 hours/month)
  • Review required materials prior to meetings (i.e., 1 hour/month)

Meeting Details:

  • 5:30-8:00pm, light dinner will be served
  • Up to $250 compensation (giftcard)
  • Meetings held at the Department of Planning (417 E Fayette St, 8th Floor)


  • March 14
  • March 28
  • April 11
  • April 25
  • May 9
  • May 16
  • June 6 (4-7:30pm)


  • Able to attend all meetings on time
  • At least 17 years old
  • Reside in Baltimore City
  • Prepared to provide feedback
  • Active and engaged in their community
  • Interested in food issues and desire to influence policy

Application Process:

  • Applications due Thursday February 8, 2018
  • Applications can be emailed to [email protected]
  • Or mailed to   Alice Huang, Department of Planning

417 E Fayette St, 8th Floor

Baltimore, MD 21202

  • Phone interviews will take place February 23-24, 2018

Contact Information:           
Holly Freishtat, Food Policy Director, Co-Chair          443-928-3477              [email protected]

Alice Huang, Food Access Planner                              410-396-3899                          [email protected]

Additional Information:

2017 RFEA Applicant Analysis 

2017 RFEA Overview