Food policy is often defined as any decision made that affects how food is produced, processed, distributed, purchased and disposed of at many different scales. As a “food policy coalition” ¬†we have worked to change many decisions that impact our local food system. These decisions can range from formal pieces of legislation to voluntary guidelines and administrative processes that allow for certain programs to flourish. Below are some accomplishments of the Coalition to date.



  • City of Cleveland
    • Urban Garden District
    • Farm Animals and Bees (“Chickens & Bees”)¬†Restrictions & Licensing
    • Local Purchasing
    • Urban Agriculture Overlay District (pending)
    • Agriculture in Residential Districts
    • Food Carts & Trucks
    • Gardening for Greenbacks

Resolutions & Guidelines

  • Healthy Cleveland Resolution
  • Healthy Cleveland Nutrition Guidelines
  • East Cleveland Urban Agriculture Resolution (pending)


  • City of Cleveland Hydrant & Water Access
  • Composting at the West Side Market

Policy Recommendations

  • USDA Farm Bill Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program (pending)
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Program) at farmers’ markets
  • Ohio EPA Urban Agriculture Composting and Zoning Model Guidelines
  • Reimagining Cleveland vacant land reuse study