Public Policy:

Public Policy at DCMAND is about activities related to improving health through nutrition policy for District residents.

Our biggest event is the annual Legislative Day. Legislative Day 2018 resulted in an amendment being introduced by Mayor Bowser and unanimously approved by the DC Council resulting in the restructuring of DC Health’s Board of Dietetics and Nutrition. Given that positive outcome, we are determined to make Legislative Day 2019 equally successful!  Details regarding Legislative Day 2019 will be provided soon but meanwhile there are ample opportunities to get involved in public policy in DC. Below is a list of a few resources:

  • DC Food Council – “a coalition of food leaders and government staff appointed by the Mayor to promote a more equitable, healthy,and sustainable food system in the District” (https://dcfoodpolicy.org/).
  • Common Threads – “created to bring health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education.”  Common Threads is currently looking for volunteer nutrition educators. (http://www.commonthreads.org/who-we-are.html).
  • Healthy Corners – “a pioneering venture that is sustainably expanding healthy food access in DC’s food deserts.”  Through a Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant, Healthy Corners is piloting a program which assists SNAP purchases of fresh fruits and vegetable from corner stores in Wards 5, 7, and 8. (https://dccentralkitchen.org/healthy-corners/).

In The News

An interesting article which recently appeared in the New York Times: “People Have to Eat” was in a special section entitled “Cities for Tomorrow” (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/13/us/making-food-equality-a-goal.html)