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Food System Action Plan

The Sacramento region is at the heart of one of the world’s largest agricultural economies, producing food for people around the globe. Our region’s food and agriculture industry creates $3.4 billion in annual output and employs more than 37 thousand workers in the Sacramento region.

The food space across the region is being invigorated and strengthened by hundreds of individuals, agencies and groups achieving important outcomes. Our region is becoming widely recognized as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital for the diversity, quality and vitality of our food and agriculture. Yet in spite of this great work, our agricultural abundance and our reputation as a leader in the local-sourced food movement, there exist many disconnects in our food system. Sadly, very little of the food grown in the region actually makes its way to local plates. Worse, 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 early 2015, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation enlisted Valley Vision – already known as a regional leader in the food, agriculture and health sectors – to conduct 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. We knew that to get to real levels of scale and impact, the region would need a shared roadmap for stakeholders in the food space to work together across the entire system.

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 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 the Action Plan highlights the complexity and dynamism of the entire regional food system, new insights from the report are guiding efforts to address systemic health and hunger issues as well.

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