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Some of the Ways Foodvocate LLC Can Help

Public Health and Local Government Consulting

Across the country public health departments, planners, other government staff, and policy makers are recognizing the need for improved policy to support food systems that better nourish their communities and foster local food economies. Foodvocate LLC draws on years of experience navigating government policy, including food policy issues, to help state, county and city governments understand current policy barriers to healthy food access and larger food justice issues in their communities, and identify policy solutions to support community led efforts. Foodvocate LLC can provide one-on-one or small group consultation sessions, followed by a summary of research, recommendations and findings. 

Model Policy Drafting 

Foodvocate LLC offers expertise in working with policy groups to develop model policy language. Similarly, Foodvocate LLC can work with government attorneys and legislative bodies to develop finalized policy language that supports community-driven food systems goals. 

Organizational & Policy Consulting for Food Policy Organizations

Food policy councils and similar community-based groups have tremendous power to influence systems change within the jurisdictions where they have influence. Foodvocate LLC can help these organizations by supporting staff to help the group navigate organizational challenges, divergent group-member priorities, and other level-setting road blocks to help navigate clear pathways forward for meaningful food systems change through policy work. Service areas include bi-law creation and structural re-organization, strategic planning and S.W.O.T. analyses, food policy audits and food systems assessments (see below), model policy development, policy capacity-building, and policy research. See also "Public Health and Government Consulting," above, which includes additional offerings that may be adapted for food policy councils and other groups. 

Food Policy Audits and Food Systems Assessments

These inventory and assessment tools can help policy makers, coalitions, food policy councils and other groups understand the current policy landscape in their communities and opportunities to adjust and add policy levers to improve food systems. Foodvocate LLC has the depth of knowledge and experience navigating and analyzing local and state food policy options needed to take on this work and provide you with the information you need to move forward in your food policy work. 

Nutrition Affairs for "Good Food" Organizations 

Advocates and government affairs experts working for organizations that are committed to equitable food systems that support people and the planet can rely on Foodvocate LLCs policy nutrition affairs research and analysis skills to inform next steps and possibilities for proactive action. Services include policy analysis, model legislation drafting, preparation of customized updates, drafting federal administrative filings, developing policy databases/indexes, and ghost-writing for journal and periodical articles, presentations, and white papers

Local Government Affairs 

Zoning, licensing, health code and other city and county laws can create barriers to success for food entrepreneurs and nonprofits looking to use innovative food business and sharing models in their communities. Sometimes variances, use permits or even amendments to existing laws are needed to better support these types of operations, including organizations that are BIPOC and women-led. This work calls for someone who understands local government processes and who can help your team navigate next steps.  

Local, State and Federal Food Policy Research and Support for Nonprofits & Coalitions

Nonprofit organizations and coalitions often lead policy change at national, local and state levels. Foodvocate LLC offers a range of technical assistance to support their policy goals, including 50-state reviews and comparative policy analyses, nutrition affairs, local government affairs, and advisory committee convening.

Academic Research

Resource Development

Advisory Committee Services Food Security and Related Efforts

Customized State and Federal Policy Newsfeed and Update Services

Youth Coalition Food Policy Training 

Public Speaking

Content Development for Culinary Projects and Publications

Customized Consulting

Options for Legal Services

Foodvocate LLC is not organized to provide legal representation including:

(1) Giving advice or counsel to persons or entities as to their legal rights or responsibilities or to those of others;

(2) Selecting, drafting, or completing legal documents or agreements that affect the legal rights of a person or entity;

(3) Representing a person or entity before an court or administrative law panel, including, but not limited to, preparing or filing documents or conducting discovery; or

(4) Negotiating legal rights or responsibilities on behalf of a person or entity.

Foodvocate LLC Principal, Amanda Karls, is licensed to practice law in Minnesota. If you are dealing with a legal matter in Minnesota and need legal representation, or are an attorney in another state and wish to associate with her for amicus brief writing or other legal matters, you may contact Amanda to discuss options in her separate capacity as an attorney at amandajgkarls@gmail.com.

If you need legal representation outside of Minnesota on matters related to your food policy or business goals, please contact an attorney in your area.