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Our Accomplishments

 

2018:

  • Cook County not only adopted the the Good Food Purchasing Policy, but also added language regarding the necessity to acknowledge the residents, communities, and enterprises that have not had access to key resources in the past. As a result, Cook County received the Good Food Hero Award from the Center for Good Food Purchasing.

  • 13th Annual Chicago Food Policy Summit attracted over 300 attendees and featured 25 speakers at the South Shore Cultural Center.

  • Urban Stewards Action Network (USAN) – a project of the Chicago Food Policy Council – launched Food Fun(d)ing Fridays, a micro-grant contest and community fundraising event. The events continue on a quarterly basis.

2017:

  • The City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, and Chicago Public Schools, passed a resolution to approve the Good Food Purchasing Policy. The policy will transform the way county agencies purchase food, and will return millions of dollars to local food based businesses, urban farmers, and entrepreneurs.

  • Rodger Cooley named as Chicago Food Policy Action Council’s first full-time Executive Director.

2015:

  • 10th Annual Food Policy Summit

2014:

  • 9th Annual Food Policy Summit in collaboration with FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Festival

  • Compost Working Group created recommendations to reform Chicago Compost Policy

2013:

  • 8th Annual Food Policy Summit in collaboration with FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Festival

  • Compost Working Group Advocacy and Outreach efforts helped inform and pass two state level bills to revise compost policy (HB2335 & HB3319)

2012:

  • 7th Annual Food Policy Summit in collaboration with FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Festival

  • Urban Farmland Working Group published Urban Farmland and Green Jobs Creation White Paper

  • CFPAC Members created A Vision for Food Policy in Chicago

2011:

  • 6th Annual Food Policy Summit in collaboration with FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Festival

  • Engaged community in development of the urban agriculture zoning amendment for Chicago

2010:

  • 5th Annual Food Policy Summit in collaboration with FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Festival

  • Activated Neighborhood Food Policy council

  • Received 501c3 status

2009:

  • 4th Annual Food Policy Summit in collaboration with FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Festival

2008:

  • 3rd Annual Food Policy Summit

  • Published Building Chicago’s Community Food System

2007:

  • 2nd Annual Food Policy Summit

  • Effectively worked with City Council to stop ban on raising chickens in the city

  • Advocated for Illinois State Policy – The Food Farm and Jobs Act (HB1300)

2006:

  • 1st Annual CFPAC Food Policy Summit

2004:

  • CFPAC commissioned the Community Food Security Inventory of the City of Chicago, which looked into the city budget including policy recommendations and case studies of other national food policy work.

2002:

  • CFPAC has its inaugural meeting