September 25, 2015
The Sacramento Region Community Foundation (the Foundation) and Valley Vision today released The Sacramento Region Food System Action Plan (the Action Plan), an in-depth report addressing the disconnect between the abundant agricultural output of the Sacramento region and the reality that many in its communities suffer from hunger and limited access to healthy, fresh foods.
“There's a lot of valuable work happening in the food space across our region, with hundreds of individuals, agencies and groups achieving strong outcomes," said Bill Mueller, Valley Vision's chief executive. "But to get to real levels of scale and impact, we need a shared roadmap for working together across the entire region. The Action Plan provides the answer.”
The Action Plan is the first of its kind to document the region’s food system across public and private sectors, exploring practical opportunities to increase access to locally-grown food for the area’s most vulnerable residents and grow new markets for local farms, businesses, and food and agriculture entrepreneurs. Because it highlights the complexity and dynamism of the entire regional food system, new insights from the collaborative report will guide future local efforts to address systemic health and hunger issues throughout the Sacramento region. Among the unprecedented insights in the report:
“In keeping with the Foundation’s vision of a community in which there are opportunities for all to live with a sense of dignity and self-worth, the Action Plan contains specific strategies and immediately actionable areas to boost our food economy, train the next generation of growers, greatly increase access to healthy, locally grown foods, improve health, and incubate technologies to make our food system more efficient and sustainable,” said Linda Beech Cutler, the Foundation’s chief executive.
The Action Plan was developed as part of the Foundation’s newly launched strategic initiative, Connecting the Regional Food Economy, aimed at creating a healthy and thriving regional food system with access for all. It was prepared through a collaborative effort between the Foundation, Valley Vision and other regional partners, particularly the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. The project also benefited greatly from the guidance and leadership of its Champions Advisory Committee. For more information and to view the entire Food System Action Plan go to www.sacregfoodaction.org.