Press release here:
Community members are invited to attend the first Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council meeting since Asheville City Council unanimously approved the City of Asheville Food Action Plan on January 22, 2013. The meeting is 4 – 6 pm on Friday, February 1, 2013at the Mountain View Room in the UNCA Sherrill Center.
The Asheville MSA has been identified as one of the most food insecure in the nation. Food Security is defined as “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. Many organizations are working to alleviate the challenges of food insecurity, and one-year ago an Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council was convened to address the strengthening of our local food systems and serve as a forum for action-oriented food policy discussions. Throughout the past year, over 350 volunteers worked together to identify and propose innovative solutions to spur local economic development and create environmentally sustainable and socially just food systems.The proposed City of Asheville Food Action Plan goals include: removing barriers to local food production and distribution, creation of a citywide curbside composting program, and the use of edible landscaping as a priority for public property.