Food Equity

2018 RFEA group

Resident Food Equity Advisors

Resident Food Equity Advisors (RFEA) are cohorts of Baltimore City residents that work to collectively drive equitable food policies through an inclusive, collaborative process. Each cohort has a focused issue in need of resident input and guidance. 

Selection Process

Advisors apply and are selected based on their passion for the issue, personal experience related to the topic, ability to commit to the group, and willingness to engage in deep, continual dialogue. Advisors attend 6+ meetings and are compensated for their time. 

Dialogue and Transparency

Advisors participate in an intensive process to learn, share and engage. BFPI staff provide RFEAs with briefings from subject matter experts, share a government perspective, and facilitate discussions and activities to understand and gather RFEA priorities and suggestions. Conversations are open, honest, and allow the group to dive into the nuances and multifaceted factors that impact the issue at hand. 


Through multiple iterations and back and forth discussion with RFEA and City staff, advisor input is translated into a set of policy recommendations, which are presented to relevant partners and elected officials to consider and incorporate into strategies and implementation plans. 

Long Term Engagement

After the cohort is completed, past advisors remain engaged and connected through Food PAC and can always seek out City staff for partnership and support for their work in their communities. 

2018/2019 Cohort: Small Food Retail

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 discussed these stores from multiple angles, including legislation, zoning and land use, safety and security, community engagement, and business support. Advisors with the support of BFPI created recommendations around small food retail. 

2018 RFEA Small Food Retail Recommendations

2018 Meeting Overview:

2019 Meeting Overview:

  • Meeting 1: Understanding Corner Store Context
  • Meeting 2: Corner Store Program Models and Store Interviews
  • Meeting 3: Corner Store Interviews and Cultural Context
  • Meeting 4: Community Leadership and Partnership
  • Meeting 5: Community Readiness
  • Meeting 6: Program Components and Criteria Considerations
  • Meeting 7: Closing Reflection and Next Steps

2018/2019 Advisors

  • District 1 – Jessica Pimentel (2018)
  • District 2 – Mary Brown-Bey (2018)
  • District 2 Tiffany Jones (2019)
  • District 3 Kassie Boykin (2019)
  • District 4 – Samone Flowers (2018/19)
  • District 5 – Ewan Meiklejohn (2018)
  • District 6 – Adamaah Grayse (2018 Resident Co-Chair)
  • District 7 – Sheena Ham (2018/19)
  • District 8 – Nicole Butler (2018/19)
  • District 9 – Anthony Francis (2018/19)
  • District 10 – Shareka House (2018/19)
  • District 10 – Theodore Jackson (2018/19)
  • District 11 – Valeria Fuentes (2018/19)
  • District 12 – Kelly Crawford (2018/19)
  • District 12 - Saché Jones (2019)
  • District 13 – Ava Richardson (2018/19)
  • District 14 – Terrell Williams (2019)

Contact Information:           

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

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

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