Mission

The Virginia Food System Council’s mission is to work to advance a nutrient-rich and safe food system for Virginians at all income levels, with an emphasis on access to local food, successful linkages between food producers and consumers, and a healthy, viable future for Virginia’s farmers and farmland. Specifically included in our mission are the following:

  1. To address and strengthen Virginia’s food system in a comprehensive, system-wide and holistic manner by bringing together a wide variety of organizations and interests to examine and identify opportunities for improving the food system for all Virginians.
  2. To develop education, policy recommendations, and implementation strategies to improve the availability and accessibility of healthy, nutritious food for all Virginians.
  3. To partner with and build the capacity of agencies, organizations, individuals and communities to address local, regional, and state food and agriculture issues that relate to food availability and accessibility.
  4. To educate and communicate to the public and key decision-makers the relationship of the food system to health, economic development, natural resources, and social well-being.
  5. To encourage and create stronger links between farmers and consumers through efficient processing, storage, distribution, marketing, and education systems.
  6. To assist and promote the development of local enterprises and business entities that support community-based food production and consumption.
  7. To be a communications channel for and with existing local and regional food work groups or councils.