Fairfax Food Council
The Fairfax Food Council (FFC) is a coalition of citizens that
advocate and promote food system and policy changes benefiting
Fairfax communities, especially underserved communities. The FFC was
established by the Partnership
for a Healthier Fairfax in 2015 and is composed of three
working groups: food access, community gardens and food
Vision: A vibrant food
system where healthy, accessible and affordable food is valued as a
basic human right.
Mission: To facilitate community partnerships and efforts to promote healthy eating.
Work Group and Steering Committee meetings are open to the public. All meetings take place at the Fairfax County Health Department, Kelly Square, 3rd floor, 10777 Main Street, Fairfax, Va. (unless otherwise noted). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for an upcoming meeting or for more information.
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Food Access Working Group
The Food Access Working Group works collaboratively to develop innovative initiatives to increase the number of healthy food access points in the Fairfax community in the areas of highest need.
- Increase access to fresh produce at farmers markets in low income communities by increasing the use of nutrition benefits at farmers markets through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education, outreach and incentive program promotion.
- Expand SNAP/Women, Infants and Children (WIC) acceptance at retail stores, particularly international markets in communities of need.
Meets the last Wednesday of each month.
- February 22, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- March 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- April 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Community Gardens Working Group
The Community Gardens Working Group focuses on expanding gardens at schools, churches and other community settings and increasing access to fresh produce through pantry donations from gardens.
Fairfax Food Council, through a grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, is seeking to find community partners and/or community focused organizations interested in establishing a community garden project to increase the availability of healthy and affordable food in one of three designated communities — Bailey’s Crossroads/Culmore, Herndon/Reston and Mount Vernon. Small financial assistance awards for supplies will be provided to successful applicants to establish or expand an existing garden project.
Download the 2017 community garden project application for details. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017.
- Support and promote new community gardens and improvement of existing gardens.
- Act as a resource to create connections between gardeners and pantries in an effort to increase access and use of fresh, healthy, locally grown fruit, vegetables and herbs by clients.
Meets every second Monday of each month.
- February 13, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- March 13, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- April 10, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Garden Workshop Series
In cooperation with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), the Fairfax Food Council is sponsoring a Garden Workshop Series throughout 2017. Dates include March 28, May 23, July 25, August 29 and September 26. Please check back for details and registration information.
- Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Programs
- Fairfax County Master Gardeners
- Renting a Fairfax County Park Authority Garden Plot
- U.S. Department of Agriculture People’s Garden
- American Community Garden Association
- Food Providers Accepting Fresh Produce
Food Literacy Working Group
The Food Literacy Working Group facilitates collaborative initiatives to develop food literacy and nutrition education programming that is available and delivered through a variety of avenues, including FFC gardening and farmers market programming.
- Encourage emergency food assistance sites to provide healthful eating and meal preparation educational resources to help youth and parents of young children make nutritious choices.
- Develop culturally sensitive and age appropriate nutrition education programs with local schools and community partners in targeted areas.
Meets every third Tuesday of each month.
- February 21, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
- March 21, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
- April 18, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
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