As a farm-based community food security project, the Bounty offers a unique perspective to advocacy efforts. We drive for organizational, institutional, and governmental policy that benefits both low-income consumers and food producers with a systems lens toward strengthening our local food system.
We share our systems-level approach with various stakeholders, like direct service providers, to emphasize the impact of interventions that go beyond basic hunger relief toward an ethic of holistic, sustainable change that includes both hunger prevention and a thriving local food system.
Recent Advocacy Efforts:
- CDFA Direct Marketing Advisory Committee member
- Sonoma County Food System Alliance- driving for updates to the general plan that prioritizes our local food system and Food Action Plan goals.
- Founding member of Sonoma County Food Recovery Coalition through which we advocate for waste reduction and sustainable solutions that strengthen our social safety net and local food system.
- Advocated at the state level to roll back and change approach to community food producers Educate community members and policy makers, -at local, state and federal level- on unintended consequences of regulatory and policy changes (AB 1990, SB 234, CA Good Samaritan Act, SB 1383) that have the potential to negatively affect rural communities and local food producers.
- Co-Chair of the Sonoma County Community Organizations Active during Disasters (COAD) Food Chair. Inform and improve emergency and disaster response plans based on lived experience, a systems lens, and institutionalized listening to prioritize community-based approaches.