This toolkit offers a systematic approach to advocacy for food councils and community groups in the Carolinas. Effective strategy is essential for successful advocacy. Advocacy that follows a well thought-out plan increases the likelihood of making positive, lasting impacts on your community. Meaningful relationships with decision makers and food system stakeholders are critical to successful advocacy and often can help to identify a champion willing to support your cause.
This website is designed to give food councils and community groups the tools they need to make meaningful relationships with decision makers and to strategically plan for advocacy. The site includes four steps to help food councils and community groups to effectively advocate for food system change:
- Identify food system policy and planning issues,
- Prioritize which issues to work on,
- Network with decision makers and food system stakeholders, and
- Make strategic advocacy plans.
The toolkit also includes a County Database in the “Strategic Networking” section that links to websites of important decision makers, stakeholders and food system related information for every county across North and South Carolina.
We hope that these tools will support food councils and community groups in making meaningful relationships with policy champions, successfully advocating for policy change, and ultimately creating more productive food systems and healthier communities.
Apply for Direct Assistance
Community Food Strategies currently has support available to food councils and community groups to assist them in developing plans for strategic networking and advocacy. For more information, please email Jared Cates at email@example.com. To apply for these services, please complete an application.
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