CHAIRMAN - dc's food policy council
The District of Columbia Food Policy Council was established through the DC Food Policy Council and Director Establishment Act of 2014. The Sustainable DC Plan and community advocates in 2014 and 2015 food and urban agriculture DC Council roundtables called for the DCFPC. The DCFPC was inspired by the many people around the county and world working to increase food access, security, and sovereignty by strengthening and revitalizing local food systems and economies. Local advocates recognized that many different communities and agencies have been addressing issues of food equity, access, agriculture, and business and related health disparities in the District of Columbia for many years. The DCFPC’s goal is to bring these parties together in one place to collaborate on improving food access, equity, and economy for all in the District
Chef Ambassador - Care International
Since 2014, CARE has worked with socially-conscious chefs interested in influencing U.S. policymakers and advancing CARE’s international food security policies. Given their close connection to food and the ability to bring people together, chefs are uniquely positioned to change the way policymakers and communities think about food.
Spike traveled to Peru in 2014 to see CARE's efforts to reduce hunger and malnutrition in the country. The four-day journey, which took he and the other chefs from a rural farming area in the Andes to the bright lights of Lima, had a profound impact on the group. The chefs witnesses how investments in sustainable agriculture, women's empowerment and better nutrition are paying off with higher incomes and improved family health. The group got their hands dirty helping potato famers with their work in the fields and also met inspirational women who have helped reduced malnutrition by raising guinea pigs that provide a stable source of protein and income for their families.
In 2015, Spike traveled to Mozambique with another group of chef ambassadors to witness how U.S. investments in global food and nutrition security are paying off for healthier families with reduced malnutrition and stunting. The trip also gave the group a chance to understand where the gaps remain. The group visited local markets to understand the challenges of family nutrition and food security, learned about about the benefits of sustainable fishing practices and the importance of protecting local mangroves, and toured a farmer field school to se how farmers are receiving integrated agriculture training and education to improve their livelihoods and access to nutritious foods.