Mayor Dwight C. Jones established the Food Policy Task Force to provide the administration with recommendations
that will improve access to quality, affordable, healthy fresh foods throughout the city. Of particular interest to the
administration is improving access in areas of the city that have been designated as “food deserts”.
The Task Force is comprised of community advocates, academics, community leaders, members of the
business sector, representatives from local government, and other stakeholders.
Task Force Charge
The Food Policy Task Force has identified the following subgroups to address relevant issues surrounding
access to quality, affordable, healthy fresh foods.
School and Community Gardens – identify school and community gardens in Richmond,
develop strategies to increase the number of school and community gardens.
Food Security - develop strategies for increasing access to food.
Enterprise Development - work closely with the Richmond City Council and Department of Economic and Community
Development to establish policies and neighborhood projects that will support and
promote local farmers and businesses that utilize and/or distribute fresh fruits and vegetables.
Health and Nutrition - focus on ways the food system affects the health of our residents,
particularly in lower income neighborhoods - with special emphasis on obesity and the link to
high incidences of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.
Community Assessment - encourage participation in the statewide Food System Assessment
being conducted by the Virginia Food Policy Council, conduct a Richmond city food system assessment,
identify and track qualitative and quantitative indicators of food system change, and package/present
data in a format that is understandable for policy makers and the general public.
Education and Awareness - focus on increasing Richmond residents' “food literacy",
which may include developing a RFPC website; partnering/hosting healthy nutrition workshops; and distributing
informational flyers/brochures at farmers markets, community events, etc.
Quality of School Food - identify strategies to improve the quality of foods served to youth on school
property, to include before, during and after school. Strategies should also be identified to update the
infrastructure in school cafeterias to meet the updated USDA nutritional guidelines.