Orange County Food Council

Building partnerships, identifying issues, and coordinating action

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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 920 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 15 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


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Summer nutrition in NC workshops

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Services Section is offering collaborative workshops to provide a jumpstart for summer nutrition 2016. The workshops will provide an opportunity to learn more about the summer nutrition programs in North Carolina, identify ways to reduce barriers, and pinpoint areas where summer meals are needed to reduce food insecurity. Round table discussions with community stakeholders will provide an opportunity for collaborative work to achieve continuous summer nutrition program expansion through effective partnerships.
There are two upcoming dates in Greensboro and Asheville.
Please see this document for details.

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Council meetings: May, June, July, and August


We are continuing to meet to discuss what a food council in Orange County would look like.  Please join the meetings if you would like to participate in these discussions or if you would just like to learn more about what a food council in Orange County might do.  Check out the “resources” page of this site if you would like more information about food councils. Click on the “about” page to get more information about the status of the Orange County Food Council.

Meeting dates and times:

  • May 20: 3-5pm
  • June 10: 3-5pm
  • July 15: 5-7pm
  • August 19: 3-5pm

Locations are to be determined but will be posted before the meetings.

Please direct questions about meeting logistics to Shelisa Howard-Martinez (

Questions about the Steering committee and progress thus far toward a council can be directed to Meg Duffy (

Thank you!

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2015 Dietary Guidelines and Sustainability

Below is an update from the Center for a Liveable Future at Johns Hopkins about how the new dietary guidelines consider sustainability issues for the first time ever.  Personally, I’m so glad to see an acknowledge of the connection between food and health policies at the federal level.  Now more than ever, food councils can serve a major role in shaping local food systems and therefore local health (as well as local environments, economies, cultural events, etc).  I look forward to working together to coordinate the conversation about our food system in Orange County.

– Larissa Calancie

“Hello all,

If you haven’t been following the debate over the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, we would like to keep you abreast of the issue and ways in which you can lend your support to keeping sustainability considerations in the Guidelines.

For the first time in history, a team of experts advising the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that our government’s advice on healthy eating should take sustainability into account—maintaining the ability to provide nutritious diets now and in the future. Based on an extensive review of evidence, they recommend eating more plant-based food, fewer animal products, and a variety of wild and farmed seafood. As one would expect, certain food corporations and their allies in Congress are pressuring the USDA and HHS to not provide  this information in  the final version of the Guidelines, which are updated every five years.

Read this Fact Sheet produced by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) about what the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) says about sustainability and a healthy diet. Listen to Jillian Fry, a project director at the CLF, give public testimony about the 2015 Scientific Report of the DGAC.

U.S. citizens can urge the HHS and USDA to keep sustainability in the Guidelines by visiting the new My Plate, My Planet website. This site enables anyone to submit comments directly to The comment period is open until May 8, 2015.

We also encourage you to consider bringing the issue to the attention of your councils/coalitions. For example, the Santa Fe Food Policy Council has a Draft City Resolution – 2015 Dietary Guidelines to the Santa Fe City Council and the Santa Fe Board of County Commissioners requesting that they direct their support of the Dietary Guidelines recommendations to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. They will be submitted to those two bodies next week.

Best regards,

Anne Palmer

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future”

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Task Force Meeting
Monday, February 9th, from 5:30 – 7:30pm
Maple View Agricultural Center
3501 Dairyland Rd, Hillsborough NC 27278

This will also be a potluck meeting – thank you for making the last potluck a great success!
If you would like to food to share you can sign up here.

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Amuse Bouche

February 5 @ 6:00 pm8:30 pm at the Barn at Ferrington Village

Frank Stasio, host of WUNC’s State of Things will lead a panel discussion on the state of our food system in North Carolina, with the following expert panelists:

We’ll have some amuse bouche (bite-sized hors d’oeuvres), cash bar and also music by Stephan Meyers of Breadfoot.

It will be a night to discuss some difficult subjects around developments, opportunities and hopeful solutions to problems in our food system, and to connect with other community members who care about our foodshed, our planet and our happiness.

To register, visit

It will be a night to discuss some difficult subjects around developments, opportunities and hopeful solutions to problems in our food system, and to connect with other community members who care about our foodshed, our planet and our happiness.

To register, visit