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. We held conferences in 2012 and 2013, and then changed our focus to work groups. We’ve had some policy successes with improving access for urban farmers, home gardeners, cottage food producers, and chicken owners. We hold an annual self-guided coop tour, and we spearheaded the successful pilot of Healthy Corner Stores in City Council District 3.

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; Chair Healthy Corner Stores Workgroup, Urban Agriculture Workgroup

Treasurer; Policy advocacy

Martha (Marti) Nodine
Farm to School Workgroup

Luz Myriam-Neira, PhD
Healthy Corner Stores Workgroup

 

Anna Macnak
Chair Farmers Market Workgroup, Healthy Corner Stores Workgroup

Brian Gordon
Co-chair Urban Agriculture Workgroup

Kate Jaceldo
Chair Food Waste Workgroup

Cecile Parrish
Co-chair Urban Agriculture Workgroup

Nadia Gaona
Co-chair Farm to School Workgroup, Co-chair Urban Agriculture Workgroup

Jovanna Lopez, Co-chair Farmers Market Workgroup

Alexis (Lexi) Phelps
Secretary; Co-chair Farmers Market Workgroup