The greater Pittsburgh food action plan is a community-centered approach to a policy roadmap and regional strategies that prioritize healthy, affordable, sustainable food for all.
A regional food system, rooted in collaborative, community-based decisions, that prioritizes equity and supports the health of our people, our natural resources and our economy.
- Enhance coordination and communication among existing food systems’ resources and agencies;
- Center the roles of equity, sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship in a healthy food system;
- Support a robust regional food economy that benefits all;
- Improve food security and public health by increasing availability and accessibility of nutritious, high-quality, affordable and locally-sourced food;
- Build community power based on the principle of food sovereignty for all residents.
The Pittsburgh Food Policy Council is leading this effort as a collaborative process with great support from our many partner organizations.
Why a Food Action Plan? Because our regional food system faces a number of challenges.
The number of farms in Allegheny County declined from 534 in 2007 to 428 in 2012.
- 534 in 2007 100% 100%
- 428 in 2012 80.15% 80.15%
46, 773.51 tons of food waste in Pittsburgh was sent to the landfill.
174,110 people, or 14.2% of Allegheny County, are food insecure.
26.6% of adults in Allegheny County are obese.
We have the resources and the people to address these challenges. The Greater Pittsburgh Food Action Plan will provide the strategy and direction.