We are currently seeking individuals to serve on the Clark County Food System Council to help envision and develop a community where access to healthy food is a priority and planning for a sustainable food system is a routine part of community discussions. Application (pdf)
The Clark County Food System Council increases and preserves access to safe, local and healthy food for all residents of Clark County. The council supports a viable, economical and sustainable local food system through multiple strategies including:
- Strengthening the connections between food, health, natural resource protection, economic development and the agricultural community.
- Researching, analyzing and reporting on information about the local food system.
- Advocating for and advising on food system and food policy implementation.
- Promoting and providing education on food system issues.
The 2012 Policy Roadmap for Clark County's Food System (PDF) prioritizes strategies to improve access to healthy and local food, and protect land for agriculture.
Food System Council framework (PDF) describes council structure and work strategies.
The council meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of each month from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Heritage Farm, 1919 NE 78th Street, Vancouver, WA. Meetings are open to the public.
2012 meeting agendas and minutes (PDFs)
The council is comprised of a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 21 Clark County residents representing as many of the following professions and/or viewpoints as possible: agriculture, nutrition, education, emergency food systems, health care, food services, food manufacturers and distributors, waste management, planning, transportation, grocery, community members, business or economic development, human services, faith based organizations, land use and concerned citizens. In addition to the elected membership, the Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) will have the ability to appoint a member to the council.
Council members are appointed for 1 or 2-year terms and may be reappointed for an additional term with rotations that ensure continuity with new members joining experienced members.
For more information, contact:
Tricia Mortell, Program Manager
Chronic Disease Prevention
(360) 397-8000 ext. 7211