St. Louis Food Policy Coalition Membership
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 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.
Steering Committee members and individuals in the community with related expertise and interest will come together to form work groups to advance a policy or collaborative project initiative. The Steering Committee determines which initiatives the Coalition will lead and work groups will be formed to take action on those initiatives. One or two Chairs will lead each work group 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 [email protected]
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|
Debi Kelly, Horticulture and Local Foods Specialist
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|
|Lucas Signorelli, STL MetroMarket|| |
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 314-727-0600, ext. 111.