The Virginia Food System Council was born out of a statewide Food Security Summit held in Charlottesville, May 11, 2007, where the group of summit participants determined that Virginians at all income levels need to have access to safe and nutrient-rich food with an emphasis on access to local food by:
- Promoting economic and environmental linkages between food producers and consumers.
- Ensuring a greater proportion of revenues are received by the producers.
- Conserving farmland and farm tradition.
With the help of Virginia’s Secretary of Agriculture and our volunteer staff, the Virginia Food System Council held its official inaugural meeting with a board of 24 directors on March 18, 2009.
With its mission clearly determined, the Virginia Food System Council’s 501(c)(3) was incorporated on October 14, 2009.
Within the Council we have several subcommittees that provide the framework for enacting the Virginia Food System Council’s strategic plan. These include program-specific working groups such as Farm-to-Table, Food Access, Farm-to-Institution, Urban Agriculture, and Food Council/Group Networks.