Our recent discussion of “The Future of Food” at BHC Long Beach saw a great cross-section of local, healthy food stakeholders at the table. Attendees included representatives from Long Beach Organics, Harbor Area Farmer’s Market, Greener Good Farmer’s Market, a Latino health research fellow, Long Beach Alliance for Food and Fitness, Choose Health LA, City of Long Beach Planning and Development Department, Foodscape Long Beach, Long Beach Grows, Green Education Inc, The California Endowment, and several other organizations and residents representing diverse communities in Long Beach.
Attendees each gave updates on our work, before Tony Damico gave context for the LB Fresh initiative and collaborative workgroups established so far. He also gave a statewide update on food policy, and the group discussed a policy scan of Long Beach specifically (View the slides here). There will also be a full policy report coming from the California Food Policy Council in early November, so stay tuned!
Attendees ate a delicious dinner prepared by Primal Alchemy Catering, as they reviewed project ideas that have come out of several months of “eater, feeder, seeder” input group meetings. One idea that gained a lot of support was the creation of Mobile Markets to serve chefs as well as residents in food insecure neighborhoods, levying cooperative social enterprise alongside market match resources.
Lastly, attendees were presented with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s good food purchasing pledge / policy by Ryan Smolar. Consensus was reached with those remaining in the room (City of LB Planning had to duck out early) that they would support moving forward with a good food purchasing policy effort in Long Beach. Keep track of this effort, and review the presentation here – Good Food Purchasing Project.