To foster a healthy community by advancing the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of the food system that supports Portland.
The Portland Food Council is a values-based and values-driven council. It is committed to:
- Justice and fairness
- Healthy communities
- Vibrant and healthy farms, gardens, and fisheries
- Economic, environmental, and social sustainability
- Thriving economies
- Open and transparent communication and collaboration
- Community engagement
- Acts as the place to work on the community’s questions and concerns about Portland’s food system, and serves as the community’s connection to city government.
- Brings the community, Portland government, and food producers and businesses together to collaborate on issues—primarily laws and policies—affecting Portland’s food system.
- Recommends laws, policies, and practices to improve the economic, environmental, and social sustainability, resilience, and vibrancy of Portland’s food system. Primary focus areas include achieving:
- Socially just and environmentally and economically sustainable practices in all parts of the food system that supports Portland.
- Reduction in food insecurity, cultivation of greater community resilience and food literacy, and healthy food access, including greater consumption of fruits and vegetables.
- Thriving food economies, including sustainable food-sector businesses and quality jobs.
- Sourcing of more Maine products in institutions and the private sector, and exporting of more Maine products.
- Productive, sustainable, and resilient farms, gardens, fisheries, and aquaculture