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.
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”:
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 – Virginia Haas
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
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.
Coordinator – Susan Dalandan