Why Focus on Food Policy?

Food security is a necessity of life, recognized as a condition in which all community residents must be able to obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice.

In Adams County, PA we currently have a food system that is significantly affecting the public health, economy and quality of life of county citizens. 20% of our population is food insecure and 30% are suffering from obesity and other food-related diseases. At the same time, our county thrives on agriculture.

This council aims to bring together a diverse array of stakeholders to examine our current food system, develop community strategies and influence food related policies in order to ensure all residents have access to a safe, nutritious, affordable and adequate food supply within a sustainable system which promotes the local economy.