About

The Food Policy Council of San Antonio (FPCSA) is a 501c3 organization dedicated to addressing root causes of an unhealthy food system and helping people work for the food environment they want to have.

Our History

The Food Policy Council of San Antonio (FPCSA) was formed by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, under a Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services. The grant was awarded in March 2010 and a steering committee drawn from Metro Health staff and the community developed an application and selection process open to the entire community. The Food Policy Council held its first meeting in October of 2010.

In May 2012, the FPCSA incorporated as a Texas nonprofit and, in August 2013, was designated a 501c3 organization by the IRS.

  • 2009 FPCSA established by co-founders Len Trevino and Leslie Provence
  • 2012 Food Policy Conference, June
  • 2013 2nd annual Food Policy Conference, June
  • 2015 NEISD awarded San Antonio’s first USDA Farm to School grant, November
  • 2015 Urban Farming amendment, December

Board Members

The FPCSA is an all-volunteer board that works together for community outreach, policy research and communication with policy makers about improving access to fresh, healthy, affordable food for all.

Mitch Hagney
President; Steering Committee, Urban Agriculture Work Group

Leslie Provence
Co-founder; Chair, Policy Work Group

Patrick Brennan
Vice President; Member, Urban Ag Work Group

Martha (Marti) Nodine
Member, Big Soda Work Group

Anna Macnak
Member, Healthy Corner Stores Work Group

Kevin Ellis
Secretary; Member, Urban Ag and Policy Work Groups

Luz Myriam-Neira
Member, Healthy Corner Stores Work Group

 

Chris Babis
Member, Data Collection Work Group

Esther Erbe
Member, Data Collection Work Group

Brian Gordon
Chair, Urban Ag Work Group

Mela Perez
Member, Big Soda Workgroup

Anne Marie Simmons
Member, Urban Ag Workgroup