Food System Action Plan (2021)
The Sacramento region is at the heart of one of the world’s largest agricultural economies, producing products for people around the globe. Our region’s food and agriculture industry creates more than $12 billion in annual output and employs more than 55 thousand workers in the Sacramento region.
As America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, the region is recognized for the diversity, quality and vitality of our food and agriculture. In spite of our agricultural abundance and our reputation as a leader in the local-sourced food movement, there exist many disconnects in our food system. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, too many residents suffer from persistent hunger and food insecurity. Lack of access to affordable, healthy food is a major contributor to poor health status, especially as related to certain chronic diseases.
In 2015, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation enlisted Valley Vision to assess a study of the Sacramento region’s food system and to formulate an action plan that would align a broad network of community leaders, partners and stakeholders around common strategies.
Beginning in March 2015, Valley Vision conducted a systematic assessment of the players, initiatives and capacity within the region’s food and agriculture industries. The results informed the Sacramento Region Food System Action Plan, released jointly by Valley Vision and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation in September 2015.
The Sacramento Region Food System Action Plan provided a roadmap 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. The landscape of the region’s food system has shifted significantly since the 2015 Action Plan. While the overall food economy has advanced in recent years through dedicated efforts like new job creation, workforce programs, institutional procurement, food literacy, and improved emergency food access, disparities persist around food security, system capabilities and equitable food access – all exacerbated by the pandemic. For these reasons, Valley Vision and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation are updating the 2015 Action Plan, engaging a wide network of community partners and stakeholders to identify priorities and recommended actions to strengthen the region’s food system capacity and resiliency.
The Plan will include information from a new community poll and identify mechanisms to increase the level of investment across the diverse aspects of the food system.
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