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CECAP DASHBOARD
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 3 Progress

Reported July 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.

COMPLETE: 5
 

FA1: Increase access to information on sustainable agriculture, best practices, and the benefits of healthy and local foods.

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

  2. Connect UA stakeholders to technical assistance

FA2: Create a Food Advisory Council.

  1. Identify potential members including farmers, advocates, nonprofits, restaurants, grocers’ associations, chefs, food-supply chain entities/brokers, public health experts, and community members

FA3: Develop a Dallas Comprehensive Food and Urban Agriculture Plan.

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

FA9: Establish a local food procurement plan to encourage local food purchasing at city-sponsored events. 

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

IN PROGRESS: 12
 

FA1: Increase access to information on sustainable agriculture, best practices, and the benefits of healthy and local foods.

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

FA2: Create a Food Advisory Council.

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

  2. Establish the Food Advisory Council

  3. 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

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

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

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

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

FA9: Establish a local food procurement plan to encourage local food purchasing at city-sponsored events. 

  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.

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

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

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