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GOAL 7: ALL DALLAS’ COMMUNITIES HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTHY, LOCAL FOOD .

Targets

50%, 75%, 100% OF THE POPULATION HAS ACCESS TO HEALTHY, AFFORDABLE FOOD BY 2030, 2040, AND 2050.*

 

INCREASE BY 20%, 50%, 75% THE ACREAGE OF URBAN GARDENS PRODUCING FOOD BY 2030, 2040, AND 2050.**

 

INCREASE BY 10%, 25%, 50% OR MORE RESTAURANTS, FARM STANDS, OR MARKETS SOURCING FROM LOCAL PRODUCERS BY 2030, 2040, AND 2050.

 Quarter 1 Progress

Reported January 2021

Access to healthy food for vulnerable communities in southern and western Dallas is a significant challenge. It has been documented that over 36 percent of Dallas’ residents live in census tracts that meet the USDA definition for food deserts. Additionally, the food supply chain is heavily dependent upon food suppliers outside of Texas and the United States. Rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns and more frequent droughts may result in losses to crops and livestock, and could lead to supply chain issues and increased food insecurity. This is also an area with significant community concern. In FY 20-21, five actions from this sector, with 17 milestones will be initiated. These actions include developing an Urban Agriculture Plan to guide efforts forward as well as updates to existing codes and ordinances. Departments involved in Goal 7 activities include Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability, Office of Innovation, Economic Development, Office of Procurement Services, and Convention & Event Services.

View the full Year One Work Plan here.

1. Work in partnership with organizations to provide free education on the components of urban agriculture

2. Connect Urban Agriculture stakeholders to technical assistance.

FA1:

Increase access to information on sustainable agriculture, best practices, and the benefits of healthy and local foods.

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Work with Dallas schools to increase climate friendly food options in schools

FA9:

Establish a local food procurement plan to encourage local food purchasing at city-sponsored events. 

Build on local preference procurement policy to address food procurement that emphasizes healthy, local food.

FA1:

Increase access to information on sustainable agriculture, best practices, and the benefits of healthy and local foods.

Initiate development of a Dallas Comprehensive Food and Urban Agriculture Plan.

FA3:

Initiate development of a Dallas Comprehensive Food and Urban Agriculture Plan.

FA14:

Adopt a special events ordinance that encourages procurement of locally sourced food, recycling of waste generated, and compost bins at special events.

1. Research best practices and legal requirements for a related ordinance.

2. Develop a program to help event organizers donate surplus food.

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IN PROGRESS

FA2:

Create a Food Advisory Council.

1. Establish scope, roles, and responsibilities of the Food Advisory Council.

2. Identify potential members including farmers, advocates, nonprofits, restaurants, grocers’ associations,

    chefs, food-supply chain entities/brokers, public health experts, and community members.

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FA2:

Create a Food Advisory Council.

Establish the Food Advisory Council.

FA3:

Develop a Dallas Comprehensive Food and Urban Agriculture Plan.

1. As part of the Urban Agriculture Plan, perform a comprehensive review of policy and regulatory barriers

    to growing local food for personal consumption or economic development.

2. As part of the Urban Agriculture Plan, develop a plan to remove aforementioned barriers.

3. As part of the Urban Agriculture Plan, evaluate demographic and community-specific needs.

4. As part of the Urban Agriculture Plan, identify incentives to support agriculture that provides carbon

    sequestration benefits.

1. Define geographic and nutritional standards for all City-sponsored events.

2. Initiate development of and pilot local food procurement procedures to support policy development.

FA14:

Adopt a special events ordinance that encourages procurement of locally sourced food, recycling of waste generated, and compost bins at special events.

Initiate draft ordinance for special events that requires multiple waste management options.

FA9:

Establish a local food procurement plan to encourage local food purchasing at city-sponsored events. 

PENDING

Resources for Residents

1 Find and join a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), which is a membership to a small farm, that provides fresh, local produce each week.

 

2 Join Bonton Farms, a community based urban farm or shop for local produce and other goods at their market.

 

3 Help improve food security in your community by contributing food, donating to, or volunteering for the North Texas Food Bank.

 

4 Learn about how you can grow your own produce at home from the Dallas County Master Gardener Association.

Resources for Businesses

1 Donate surplus food to the North Texas Food Bank, which provides 200,000 meals per day to residents facing hunger.

 

2 Foodsource DFW helps businesses facilitate large donations of surplus foods and resources that would otherwise go to waste to those in need. Schedule a free tax-deductible pickup and Foodsource DFW will distribute the food to a network of regional food banks.

 

3 All food services businesses, but especially full-service hotels, can use the Hotel Kitchen Toolkit to identify ways they can reduce food waste. Participating hotels have seen reductions in food waste of 10-38% in just 12 weeks.

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Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla Street, Room 7A North
Dallas, TX 75201
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Email: DEQS@DallasClimateAction.com

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