State Food System Plans

Webinar - State Food System Plans: Are they worth it?

July 19, 2021 - Author: , , Lilly Fink Shapiro, Lesli Hoey, , Theresa Cardenas, and Albie Miles

Statewide food system plans, also referred to as food system charters, have been in place in several states for more than ten years. These food system plans often serve as a food system policy framework, identifying goals and priorities developed by a diverse group of organizations and agencies to advance sustainability, health, and equity in the food system. As more and more states develop statewide plans, we use this webinar to come together to reflect on this strategy for food systems change.

In this webinar, we:

  • Share a snapshot of what is happening with food system plans across the country (USA);
  • Share brief examples from Michigan, New Mexico, and Hawai'i as to how plans have developed (or starting to develop) and evolved, and explain why a food system plan can be a valuable tool in developing a more resilient and equitable food system, and
  • Solicit feedback and insights from participants – is a statewide food system plan an effective tool to transform food systems in your state? Is it worth the investment?

Download webinar slides

Download chat pod responses

DRAFT: National Trends and a Directory of Statewide and Regional Food Systems Plans

The link below will connect you to the national food systems plan directory, which also includes a simple analysis based on the geographic spread, launch date, funding sources and methods used to gather input. As we noted at the July 15 webinar, this is a draft. We will also review the chat discussion during the webinar, in case that offers suggestions for additional edits. Please send any corrections or additions by Thursday, August 5th to Lesli Hoey – lhoey@umich.eduOnce we finalize the directory, we'll be happy to share a copy with all webinar registrants and the general public.

Download draft directory

This webinar was sponsored by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems in collaboration with the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Systems Initiative. It aired on July 15, 2021.


Tags: center for regional food systems, food & health, food policy, michigan good food, michigan good food charter, sustainable agriculture and food systems


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