The Kentucky Food Policy Network (KFPN) is a statewide network of community members and stakeholders committed to strengthening local and regional food systems, especially addressing food insecurity and hunger, through public policy. We envision working collaboratively to uproot issues communities face using equitable practices to raise their voice and impact our food and farm systems.
Community Farm Alliance, Feeding Kentucky, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, and the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy have been working together to revive the KFPN that existed in 2012-2014. We believe that with deeper engagement from communities and other sectors this network can be a hub for positive change through food policy. Our first virtual Network launch was on November 9, 2020 with over 60 attendees!
Ways to Engage
Biannual Network Meetings occur in the spring and fall of each year, anyone interested in food policy is welcome to join KFPN members for these biannual networking events. These events will include updates from policy work groups, peer to peer learning opportunities, and so much more.
Regional Cohorts are groups of community members and stakeholders living in a close geographic area who share place-based policy issues. Cohorts will focus on information sharing, education and awareness, assessing food systems and building capacity for future organizing efforts
Planning Committee is a group of volunteers who are dedicated to leading the direction of the Network and ensuring equitable participation within all aspects of it. The committee will support work groups, regional cohorts, and plan the biannual network meetings.
Policy Work Groups are spaces dedicated to tackling broad food policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels of government. We envision workgroups are where campaigns and coalitions form to tackle various policy initiatives that impact Kentuckians.
Food and Nutrition Assistance Policy Workgroup
Many Kentuckians are simply a lost job, a new baby, an accident or illness away from qualifying from food and nutrition assistance programs. Unfortunately many people still face barriers to accessing these programs. This workgroup will focus on policies to strengthen, defend and expand state and federal public assistance programs, like SNAP or WIC. Contact: Jessica Klein (Jessica@kypolicy.org)
Agriculture and Food Systems Policy Workgroup
There is a vast web of laws and policies that impact agriculture and food systems in Kentucky, with many areas needing attention and improvement. This working group will cover topics from the Farm Bill to local zoning laws to farmer support programs. This is a space to collectively work to promote healthy, community-based, and economically viable food systems in Kentucky. Contact: Tyler Offerman (Tyler@kyequaljustice.org)
Climate Change Policy Workgroup
Climate change and food systems are intricately connected. Whether it is agriculture production, food distribution, health of soil and waterways, energy options, or economic policy, advocates in Kentucky have worked for years around climate change with people continuing to demand more federal action. This workgroup is meeting quarterly to discuss and work on these policies. Contact: Kelsey Voit (email@example.com
Child Feeding Policy Workgroup
Most child nutrition policies seek to change the ways the eight federal child nutrition programs are administered. These changes, while often small, can have a huge impact on the number of Kentucky kids fed, as well as the quality of the food they’re served. This workgroup will focus on child feeding programs and policies from the federal Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act to KY’s school lunch, P-EBT and child care nutrition. Contact: Karena Cash (Karena@feedingky.org)