Monica Baskin, PhD, Associate Professor in the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine, has joined the Birmingham-Jefferson Food Policy Council, a group established in fall 2011 to strengthen the food system in Jefferson County. A private-public partnership, the council is tasked with examining the local food system, educating the community, and recommending solutions to policy makers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

The council announced its 21 members at the group’s orientation meeting in January 2012. Members include cooks, gardeners, food industry employees, health experts like Baskin, and business owners. Supported by the Greater Birmingham Community Food Partners and funded in part by a federal grant designed to tackle county health issues, the organization is part of a growing network of food councils gaining momentum nationwide to tackle topics such as food access, sustainability, agriculture, distribution, food deserts, hunger, and public health by bringing together stakeholders from diverse food-related sectors.

Birmingham-Jefferson Food Policy Council

Monica Baskin, UAB Division of Preventive Medicine
Virginia Bear, Alabama Beverage Association
Hana Burwinkle, Jefferson County Department of Land Planning & Development Services
Craig Corwin, Jefferson County Department of Health
David Fleming, Operation New Birmingham
Burgin Fowlkes, Jefferson County Department of Health
James Gibbs, City of Birmingham
Keecha Harris, KHA Inc.
Maureen Holt, Little Savannah
Aimee Johnson, American Diabetes Association
Natalie Kianoff, Children's Policy Council of Jefferson County
John Obert Jr., J3 Organics
Mark Rubino, Staysail Group
Ama Shambulia, West End Community Garden
Scott Silver, Jones Valley Urban Farm
Ellie Taylor, Alabama Grocers Association
Spencer Taylor, Birmingham City Schools
Patricia Terry, Samford University
Paulette VanMatre, Magic City Harvest
Chris Vizzina, Campus Dining
Kristie Waters, Adams Produce Companies