Michigan’s food councils report modest success in policy advocacy


A majority of food councils across Michigan say that they are pushing for policy changes, and nearly half report at least one success, according to a study by Michigan State University’s Center for Regional Food Systems, co-written by our Megan Masson-Minock.

There are almost 30 food councils around Michigan. Some are formal governmental committees; others are coalition nonprofits that work closely with local government partners.

Fifteen councils participated in the study. This chart shows the top five topics driving their policy advocacy.

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The study recommended three ways food councils can improve their results:

  1. Mentoring or peer-to-peer training by more successful organizations.

  2. Better fiscal management.

  3. Formalizing and relying on institutional memory.