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.
Currently, 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.
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
Policy Work Groups are spaces dedicated to tackling broad food policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels of government. We envision work groups are where campaigns and coalitions form to tackle various policy initiatives that impact Kentuckians.
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.