Profile: Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council

The asheville-Buncombe Food policy Council (ABFPC) is a community-based advisory group that identifies and proposes innovative policy solutions to improve local food systems, spur local economic development and make food systems environmentally sustainable and socially just.

ABFPC members include nonprofit organizations, local government representatives, community advocates, farmers, local businesses, students and others. The organization formed in 2011 when local advocates and policymakers recognized that “food insecurity” — lack of access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food at all times, also called “hunger” — is an urgent problem in Asheville and Buncombe County with profound effects on residents’ health and wellbeing.

Asheville is ranked as the ninth “hungriest” city in the U.S. Since 2011, the ABFPC has worked closely with local decision makers and community partners to create policies that support food security and healthy food access. We partnered with the city of Asheville Office of Sustainability to create the city’s first “Food Action Plan.” We also worked with the Asheville City Council to change zoning regulations to al- low tailgate markets and market stands in residential areas.

Anyone with an interest in food security, food access and food systems is welcome to get involved with ABFPC!

Visit our website ( to learn more about our work and ways you can get involved.


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