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.
1. Enhance coordination and communication among existing food systems resources and agencies
2. Center the role of sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship in a healthy food system
3. Support a robust regional food economy that benefits all
4. Improve food security and public health by increasing availability and accessibility of nutritious, high-quality, and locally-sourced food.
5. Build collective power to promote 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.