The Spokane Food Policy Council is focusing on the following strategies in 2016:
• Encouraging institutional purchasing policies mandating that at least a portion of all food purchases are grown locally.
• Establishing policies that allow for local food processing in or near urban areas, or create policies for designated food-processing food infrastructure districts.
• Development and capacity building of nutrition, food preparation, gardening and food education in K-12 schools.
• Incentivizing grocery stores, farmers’ markets, food carts, vending machines and other mobile vendors to locate in underserved communities.
• Working to preserve key pieces of regional farmland/wild land.
• Developing and suggesting policies that reduce food in the waste stream.
Read more about the Council in their Spokane Regional Food System Inventory report, found here.