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688 Action Items Found
Consideration should be given to the role and necessity of the MFPC Advisory Committee.
Establish subcommittees or working groups as needed with a specific focus and limited timeframe.
Establish co-chairs, to encourage broader engagement from all participating agencies.
Hold more frequent meetings, to better facilitate discussion and ensure progress on tasks.
Attend annual meetings with commissioners of agencies represented on MFPC, to review progress, identify challenges, and celebrate successes from the previous year’s work.
Set priorities for actions the MFPC will take based on the Plan’s recommendations, focusing on items that emphasize inter - agency collaboration around regulations and practices.
Develop plans for member agencies and organizations to commit to taking on plan-recommended tasks that are relevant to their agencies, and coordinating these efforts with the other implementation partners.
Set goals and establishing benchmarks for those goals to allow for measuring and reporting on progress.
Dedicate State funding to staffing a Food Policy Coordinator position to support the work of the MFPC , housed at one of the member agencies.
Develop an inventory of all State programs that relate to food and identifying synergistic opportunities for the allocation of State resources to best meet the goals of the Plan. This inventory could lead to further recommendations about State agency budget and administrative priorities, and more efficient coordination among State agencies.
Review and discuss pending regulatory changes, as well as ballot initiatives, that relate to the food system, assessing these actions in the context of the broad system and the goals of the Plan.
Members of the legislature should consider establishing a food and farm caucus to develop and introduce legislation recommended by the Plan. The caucus should also be used as an opportunity to educate legislators about food system policy issues. Participants in the caucus should include representatives from committees that consider legislation related to the food system including, but not limited to, committees on health care, agriculture, the environment, the State budget, and education.
Review legislation, budgets, ballot initiatives and existing laws in the context of the broader food system, with an eye toward reforms that support the food system based on the goals of the Plan.
Stay in regular contact with the MFPC in order to facilitate collaboration, where possible.
Allocate funds to staffing the caucus.
Support the creation of regional, municipal, and neighborhood food plans.
Promote best practices and inclusionary processes in food planning. Stay abreast of food planning theory and practice through organizations like the American Planning Association and its Food Interest Group.
Include food system planning in the Baker Administration’s Community Compact best practices.
Include food accessibility in State Transportation Improvement Program evaluation criteria.
Ensure that the Rural Policy Advisory Commission includes food policy issues in its discussions.