After releasing the St. Louis Regional Food Study in November 2014 and recognizing the great work already happening around local food systems across the state in Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield, and Joplin, MCE decided to focus much of our community level engagement on this issue in St. Louis. The St. Louis Food Policy Coalition (STLFPC) is a group of nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and passionate individuals working together to address the food system needs of the Greater St. Louis area. The STLFPC bridges the many local efforts addressing hunger, food access, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, social justice, community, and economic development to form a coordinated, local food system. Our vision is a thriving local economy in the Greater St. Louis area where everyone has access to affordable, healthy food from local producers who are stewards of our soil, air, and water resources. The STLFPC fosters collaborative project development to improve our food system, such as the development of a regional food hub and conducting an analysis of the state of corner stores in North St. Louis. Specifically, the STLFPC works to shape public policy and influence decision makers about local food systems and their connections to concerns of health equity, environmental conservation and restoration, social justice, community development, and economic development. Learn more about the STLFPC and ways to get involved today.