Who We Are

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The Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council (LVFPC)  was formed in 2015 by founding community organizations and residents of the Lehigh Valley.

LVFPC is generously supported by United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, community members, and grant funding.

LVFPC Mission

The Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council shapes the landscape for regional food access, policy, and collaboration.

To achieve our mission, we work under two “umbrellas”:

Food Security

Thriving Local Food Economy

With four working groups – Food Access; Consumer Education; Food Recovery & Respect; and Urban Farms & Community Gardens.

With Farm to School/Institution; Additionally, Farmland Preservation, Aggregation, and Value Added Working Groups operate through a collaboration of Penn St. Extension, Buy Fresh Buy Local of the Greater Lehigh Valley, economic development entities, education institutions, andour  farming community.

Our Steering Team

Agriculture Producer – Liz Wagner, Crooked Row Farm

City of Allentown – Tina Amato, Food Access Work Group Chair

City of Bethlehem – Sherri Penchishen, Secretary, Farm to Institution Chair

Buy Fresh Buy Local Greater Lehigh Valley – Allison Czapp, Chair

Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley – Dawn Godshall

Community Resident – Cathy Coyne, Vice-Chair

Community Resident – Janet Ney

Easton Hunger Coalition – Nancy Walters, Food Recovery & Respect Work Group Chair

Greater Easton Development Partnership – Megan McBride

Greater Valley YMCA – Maribel Tandazo

Kellyn Foundation – Eric Ruth

Lehigh County Community &  Economic Development – Paulette Gilfoil

Lehigh Valley Health Network – Lisa Liddington

New Bethany Ministries – Marc Rittle

Northampton County Community & Economic Development – Tina Smith, Value Added Work Group Chair

Penn St. Extension Agricultural Program Coordinator, Northampton County – Christi Graver

Penn St. Extension Education Program Associate, Business & Community Vitality, Lehigh County – Brian Moyer

Rodale Institute – Jesse Barret

St. Luke’s University Health Network – Kathy Ramson

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley – Priscilla Rosado

Our Membership

Many community organization representatives and community members belong to a working group, attend our joint working group meeting, or our community engagement meeting.  Membership is open to the public and all are invited. You are important in shaping our local food system.  Meetings are posted on our Facebook page @LVFoodPolicyCouncil.

Our Staff

Coordinator – Susan Dalandan