The Steering Committee is an elected 9-member panel of community and organizational representatives who work to provide the administrative infrastructure for the BFAC, and work to shape the BFAC agenda from member input.
BFAC currently has four Working Groups:
Working Groups are expected to hold regular (monthly) meetings. The Working Groups implement the BFAC Agenda through each group’s focus area, as determined by the Steering Committee and informed by BFAC Membership and work of OFA. The Working Groups develop and implement action plans, conduct research, develop partnerships, and conduct feasibility inquiries and planning.
Working groups are expected to engage the community for input gathering and recruitment to bring other voices to the table with a focus on inclusion of underrepresented voices.
Working groups present recommendations to BFAC Steering Committee and BFAC Membership via Steering Committee and/or quarterly public meetings.
Anyone with an interest in moving these issues forward can be a member; residency in the City of Boston is not required. To become a member of BFAC, you must submit a membership form. Members are encouraged to participate in at least 2 meetings per year, whether via public meetings or working groups.
The Boston Food Access Council was relaunched in 2020 by the City’s Office of Food Justice and a transition committee which designed the structure of the Council. The BFAC was relaunched as part of the Mayor’s Food Access Agenda which was released in 2019 following strategic planning work with the City’s team and stakeholders.
BFAC is a volunteer-led independent organization that works to engage groups across Boston around food access issues. Though we work closely with OFJ, we remain independent to maintain the community-led nature of the group.
We are aligned with the Office in many ways, but it’s important to note that we are not City-affiliated. Our network provides a community-led forum for engagement around food access issues.
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