Food and Farm Council
The Council will be a community member group to hold discussions, help improve coordination of services that impact our local food system and provide a voice from the community to our elected city and county officials. The food and farm council will use existing and new survey data, plus listening session and interview data to determine what the community is saying, what are the priority needs, and work on solution sets to make a stronger food system for our city/county. That can include working on food issues such as affordability of locally grown fruits/vegetables, easier access to healthy foods, food insecurity issues, including a systematic food recovery program, recycling, gardening, and more!!
The purpose of the Council is to advocate for and sustain an accessible, healthy and local food system. The Food and Farm Council of Riley County and the City of Manhattan, Kansas envisions a local food system that supports healthy living in our community. To accomplish this the Council must:
- Identify and prioritize needs and make recommendations that promote, support, and strengthen access to local, healthy, safe, affordable food.
- Educate and advise the City/County Commissions on local food system needs.
- Provide a forum for people involved in different parts of the local food system and local government officials for fostering collaborative, coordinated actions to improve our local food system.
The goals of the Food & Farm Council for Riley County and the City of Manhattan, Kansas are to:
- Serve as a city and county appointed council of community members to strengthen communication, education and policy within the food system.
- Make local and healthy food options more available, accessible and affordable.
- Support education of growing, choosing, and preparing nutritious foods.
- Improve health outcomes through the reduction of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity.
All Council Members shall be dually appointed by the Riley County Board of Commissioners and the City of Manhattan City Commission. Upon appointment, all council members shall serve a term of 3 years. Members shall be appointed the first year in a “staggered” manner — one third for a one-year term, one third for a two-year term, and one third for a three-year term. No person shall serve more than one consecutive term as a member, except that a member appointed for an initial one or two-year term may then be reappointed and complete a full three-year term. The Council will meet at least 6x/year minimum.
The Council shall consist of a minimum of 12 members and a maximum of 15 members, 6 appointments from the City Commission and 9 appointments from the County Commission. Members shall have expertise in relevant fields, and to the extent possible, represent the diversity of the community aspects such as culture, gender, age, and geography with priority to those that live or work in the city of Manhattan, Riley County and adjoining counties.
The 15 member Council will have 6 City appointments and 9 County appointments. IF you would like to serve as a member of the Council please review which stakeholder group you would like to represent and apply on the City or County website accepting that application position for appointment.
- One member representing the community-at-large
- One member representing food retail
- One member representing at-risk populations
- One member representing Kansas State University
- One member representing the Chamber of Commerce
- One member representing schools or other institutional food purchaser
- One member representing health professionals (Health, nutrition, medical care)
- One member representing senior citizens
- One member representing waste management/recycling
- One member representing the community at large
- One member representing Kansas State Research and Extension
- One member representing agriculture organizations
- One member representing small farm production
- One member representing traditional agriculture production
- One member representing the County Health Department
IF the Food and Farm Council may be more than you have time to commit to, you can still get involved and make a difference in our local food system! Join the Flint Hills Wellness Coalition Nutrition Workgroup!! There are opportunities to be involved at the leadership team level or follow your passion, use your expertise and get involved in sub-committee work with specific food system issues like food insecurity, food waste and many others! See contact information below or read more at www.flinthillswellness.org.
Julie Hettinger, Health Educator
Riley County Health Department
785-776-4779 Ext. 7612