About Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition

The Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition advocates for a strong regional food system and promotes food policies that positively impact the nutritional, economic, social, and environmental health of Greater Kansas City.

Goals

  1. To increase institutional purchasing of locally grown food, thereby encouraging greater production of fresh, nutritious local foods and enhancing economic vitality of our region.
  2. To increase the availability and accessibility of retailers offering healthy, safe and affordable food, especially in underserved communities.

The Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition is an alliance of individuals, government representatives, businesses, and organizations representing all critical components of our local food system, including healthcare, agriculture, education, social services, food distribution, government, private business, nonprofit agencies, and others.

Vision

People of all ages, in all communities, and in all economic segments of the population in Greater Kansas City will have access to healthy, affordable food that nourishes individuals and nurtures communities, the local economy, and the environment.

Mission

To advocate for the Greater Kansas City food system and promote food policies that positively impact the nutritional, economic, social, and environmental health of Greater Kansas City.

Core Values

  • Cooperation: A spirit of cooperation and unity among all components of the food system for Greater Kansas City.
  • Access: All people in Greater Kansas City have the right and should have the ability to easily obtain healthy, safe, and affordable food.
  • Local: Our community should support a local and regional food system that is economically viable and ecologically sound.
  • Health: Our food system should promote optimal health for all sectors of our community.
  • Education: Personal and institutional food choices impact individual and community health and that knowledge empowers members of our community to make responsible food choices.

The Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition:

Beth Low-Smith, Director
Ashley Jones Wisner, State Policy Director
Mamiko Vuillemin, Policy Assistant

Steering Committee
The Steering Committee shares their expertise, skills, and time to further advance the strategic goals of the coalition. Many of the members are involved in initiatives of the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition including: Carrot Gold Partnership, Food Deserts Work Group and the Institutional Purchasing Work Group. Their contributions are invaluable in the coalition’s success.

Chair: Beth Dawson
Vice Chair: Emily Lecuyer
Secretary: Mark Zukaitis
Treasurer: Teresa Kelly
Past Chair: Lisa Markley