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Food Policy Council working with City on food access


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The Washoe County Food Policy Council (Food Policy Council) is applauding the City of Reno’s recent plan to study healthy food access policy for 2014. The City Planning Commission, as part of its February 5 workshop, voted  to amend the Planning Commission goals for the year to include food policy.

The new goal will guide Planning Commission efforts to research and identify planning and development policies that can promote healthy food access and support local food production and sales. 

More than one out of four children in Washoe County is food insecure, according to Census Bureau data analyzed by Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. Food insecure households lack sufficient food resources for all members to have active, healthy lives. Food insecurity poses serious implications for school/job readiness as well as health.

The next Planning Commission meeting will be held Wednesday, April 2 at 6 p.m. and will feature a discussion on planning a healthy, sustainable food system for Reno. For more information on this Reno City Planning Commission effort, contact Washoe Food Policy Council chair at [email protected].

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