Baltimore Food Policy Advisory Committee
Formed in 2009, the Baltimore City Food Policy Task Force “brings together stakeholders in Baltimore’s food production, distribution, and consumption system to collaboratively identify means to create demand for healthy food through awareness and education and to ensure opportunities for all Baltimoreans to access affordable healthy food options in order to achieve and sustain better health outcomes and a higher quality of life.”
The Center for a Livable Future played a key role in convening the task force and authored the Baltimore’s Food Policy Task Force Final Report and Recommendations. The Center was also instrumental in raising funds to hire a food policy director for the city. The Center participates on the Food Policy Advisory Committee (Food PAC), which was established to help implement the task force recommendations, and is a member of the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative, an intergovernmental entity that works through various city and state offices to increase access to healthy affordable food in Baltimore City’s food deserts. Working closely with the food policy director, the Center conducts community food assessments, collects data for various projects, and provides technical assistance on policy briefs. The Center students have assisted and informed Baltimore’s food policy director through internships, capstone projects, and course papers.
The Center is also currently working with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and other stakeholders to consider the possibility of creating a state food policy group. The Center faculty presented research on food deserts and on sugar-sweetened beverage taxation during the summer working group sessions and also presented final recommendations to address the issues of food deserts during the Maryland Food Policy Summit. The Center consulted with the Harrison Institute for Public Law at the Georgetown University Law Center to draft a report entitled, “Farmland Preservation in Maryland: Baltimore, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties.”