STLFPC Member Organizations

The St. Louis Food Policy Coalition is a group of stakeholders who represent organizations, businesses, farms, local government, and other entities that either 1) work to advance at least one of the core values or 2) work in the counties that the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition supports. The STLFPC functions as a formal multi-stakeholder entity.

Coalition Allies

Coalition Allies are organizations and individuals that have declared in writing, either by mailed letter or email communication, that they support the mission and vision statements of STLFPC and offer to provide resources to further the STLFPC’s goals, such as informational materials and support at events. Coalition Allies do not need to be willing to participate in grassroots lobbying or advocacy activities but they are welcome to participate in work group meetings as they see fit.

Board of Advisors

Advisors are individuals sought out by the Director, either with or without recommendation by other coalition members, that demonstrate particular expertise necessary to further the goals of STLFPC and who cannot participate in work groups given their geographic location, work schedule, or other conflict. The Director calls on the advisors for input, feedback, or other forms of assistance as needed.

Work groups

Steering Committee members and individuals in the community with related expertise and interest will come together to form workgroups to advance a policy or collaborative project initiative. The Steering Committee determines which initiatives the Coalition will lead and workgroups will be formed to take action on those initiatives. One or two Chairs will lead each workgroup and the role of Chair will be filled by a Steering Committee Member.

Community Member Involvement

STLFPC welcomes and encourages community members to join a work group, become a Coalition Ally, or attend public community meetings. Additionally, residents of North St. Louis interested in advancing strategies to address healthy food access in North St. Louis are encouraged to connect with our Food Equity Advisory Board. Email Food Justice Organizer, Tosha Phonix, for more information at

Without the involvement of individuals who live in the communities we seek to support, we cannot ensure that our strategy and projects will benefit those communities. Thus, STLFPC finds it essential to support the involvement of community members and arrange our meeting times and spaces accordingly to maximize the involvement of interested community members.


Current Coalition Members

Matt Schindler, Gateway Greening


Leslie Bertsch, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist

MU Extension in St. Louis County

Debi Kelly, Horticulture and Local Foods Specialist
MU Extension in Jefferson County


Ryan Albritton, Sprouthood 


Trina Ragain, Operation Food Search


Sara Hale, Fair Shares CCSA


Lindsey Motto, EarthDance Farms








Brian DeSmet, Fair Food Network

Bonnie Harper, One STL



Clare Higgins, Urban Harvest STL




Lucas Signorelli, STL MetroMarket




Rev. Audrey Hollis and Steve Hollis, United People Market

Ellen Barnidge, Saint Louis University School for Public Health and Social Justice


Gibron Jones, Holistic Organic Sustainable Cooperatives (HOSCO)


Erica Willams, A Red Circle





Rachelle Bartnick, American Heart Association


Dana Giboney-Wallace, St. Louis County Health Department



Craig Schmidt and Melba Moore, St. Louis City of Health

James Forbes and James Hillis, Good Life Growing











Becky Reinhart, DeSales Community Development






Preston Walker, Eat Here St. Louis

Clara Steyer, Washington University Office of Sustainability




Kelly McGowan, Gateway Region YMCA



Denise Evans, Slow Food 


North Newstead Association, Matthew Moore




Individual Members

Lynn Peemoeller, Food Systems Planner

Jenn DeRose, Program Manager and Communications Specialist for the Green Dining Alliance




Current Coalition Allies


Miranda Duschack, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension


Jenny Connelly-Bowen, Community Builders Network




BJC's Healthy Schools Healthy Communities


City Greens Market




For more information about how you or your organization can be involved in the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition, contact MCE Food and Farm Director, Melissa Vatterott, at or by phone at 314-727-0600, ext. 111. 


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