Any decision (called an “action”) by the Portland Food Council recommending or proposing a law, policy, project, program, or initiative, or taking a position on a law, policy, project, program, issue, or initiative, is made publicly available in an Advisory. Advisories are also transmitted to the City Manager, Mayor, City Council, or relevant City Department, in addition to any organization, business, entity, or individual directly involved with the action.

  1. The Executive Committee approves Advisories before they are made publicly available. Advisories are prepared, approved, transmitted, and published no later than one week after a final decision by the Portland Food Council on the related action.
  2. Bring together, engage, inform, and coordinate and collaborate with the Portland community, City government, and the food-business sector on issues affecting the Portland food system.
  3. Recommend to the City Council and City Departments laws, policies, or practices for the City Council, City Departments, or the Mayor to adopt and implement to improve the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of the food system that supports Portland.
  4. When possible, identify programs or projects for organizations or businesses to undertake to improve the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of the food system that supports Portland, or, if feasible, initiate such programs or projects.
  5. Through the issuance of reports and other communications, inform the City Council, City Departments, the Mayor, and the public at large about the work of the Portland Food Council.
  6. Draft and implement a triennial strategic plan, and ensure strategic goals are being met by establishing measurement criteria.
  7. Through committees and working groups, identify gaps and opportunities to improve the sustainability of the food system that supports Portland and achieve the goals of the Portland Food Council as determined in the strategic plan.
  8. Prepare an annual report for and present it to the Portland City Council.
  9. Keep up-to-date and accurate membership records.
  10. Govern the ongoing functioning of the Portland Food Council.