2020-2023 Policy Agenda of the Greater KC Food Policy Coalition

Priority #1: Improve access to affordable fresh foods through local, state and federal policy.

Food Access Working Group (Ongoing 2020-2023)
The coalition continues hosting the “food access working group” quarterly, with help from staff, to coordinate efforts around priority #1 and to support collaboration and networking among stakeholders.

Better By Bus (Ongoing 2020-2023)
The coalition collaborates with KCATA, AHA and others to advance recommendations of the 2019 Better By Bus report, beginning with eliminating bus fares in bi-state metro.

Through March 2020

      • Steering committee members and staff conduct outreach to grocers, health advocates, residents and other stakeholders, using the report to build awareness about how eliminating fares will improve food security and how they can advocate.
      • Staff and steering committee identify target decision makers and advocacy strategies.
      • Staff develop advocacy materials (e.g. talking points, support letters, sample testimony).

Ongoing through 2023 or until completion

      • Steering committee members and staff mobilize partners for decision maker education.
      • Steering committee and staff advocate for necessary local government actions.

Kansas Food Sales Tax (Re-examine in December 2020)

The coalition pursues a reduction in the state sales tax on food in Kansas in 2020 to a level competitive with neighboring states.

Now through December 2020

      • Steering committee and staff encourage champions to file legislation in 2020 session through postcards and visits, collect supporting testimony and postcards, and deliver to key leaders during session.
      • Staff monitor the Governors Council on Tax Reform, engaging steering committee in advocating (e.g. testimony) for council to recommend reduction in their final report.

Beginning December 2020

      • If legislation has not passed, steering committee and staff re-examine this and other state strategies for improving fresh food affordability in co-operation with other partners.

Government Nutrition Programs (Varies; through 2023)
The coalition advocates for state and federal policies which protect, improve access to, and increase use of government nutrition programs among eligible residents.

Ongoing through 2023

      • Steering committee and staff educate stakeholders about Child Nutrition Act or other federal policies impacting food security via outreach tools and presentations.
      • Steering committee amplify stakeholders voices and advocacy, using story collection postcards and other tools to ensure state and federal decision makers hear from them.

Through December 2020

      • Staff lead steering committee in advocating for 2020 legislation directing Missouri to offer the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program. If unsuccessful, examine other opportunities.
      • Steering committee and staff work with Kansas partners to identify key administrative strategies and 2-year advocacy plan for improving nutrition program participation among eligibles.

 

Priority #2: Improve community food security through planning and zoning policies which ensure urban farmers may operate successfully.

Task Force Recommendations (2020-June 2021)
The coalition establishes a task force to develop recommendations for Priority #2.

By April of 2020

      • The steering committee forms a task force to examine needs and opportunities for the stated priority and to recommend next steps. The task force will have official members, to include: urban planners, urban growers, a staff member, and other key stakeholders.
      • The task force schedules and coordinates meetings regularly in order to: plan and report upon research and information gathering, hear from guest presenters, develop recommendations, and engage interested stakeholders.
      • The task force will identify strategies to allow stakeholders regular opportunities to participate in their efforts.

By June of 2021

      • The task force will issue a report to the steering committee with recommendations for regional best practices and 1 to 2 prioritized policy changes selected based on SMART goal criteria.

Advocacy Planning & Action (July 2021-2023)
The coalition reviews and pursues task force recommendations.

June -December 2021

      • Staff assist the steering committee in developing an advocacy plan based on task force recommendations.
      • Staff develop education and advocacy tools to support the advocacy plan.
      • Steering committee and staff will begin outreach to targeted stakeholders and decision makers, educating them about needs, opportunities, best practices and recommendations identified by the task force.

January 2022 through December 2023

      • The steering committee and staff pursue implementation of the prioritized policy recommendations in accordance with advocacy plan.